Germany is increasingly recognizing the importance of domestic unconventional resources and renewable energy to enhance its energy security and reliability of supply. Lower Saxony takes a distinctive leadership role in the development of German domestic energy. One-hundred fifty years after the discovery of oil in Lower Saxony, the region provides more than 90 percent of Germany's domestic natural gas production and is a leader in the use of wind energy. This event will explore the potential for unconventional resources and renewable energy as part of Germany's future while focusing on Lower Saxony's important role as a center for research and development, as well as energy production and innovation.
The program was generously sponsored by ExxonMobil.
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Event Agenda and Presentations
Edward Djerejian, Founding Director, Baker Institute
His Excellency Christian Wulff, Prime Minister, Lower Saxony, Germany
The following text served as the basis for a speech given by Prime Minister Wulff on October 1st, 2009, at Rice University. It is, however, not the verbatim speech
Moderator: Amy Myers Jaffe, Wallace S. Wilson Fellow in Energy Studies, Baker Institute
"Unconventional Gas: An Important Resource for the Future"
Tim Cejka, President, ExxonMobil Exploration Company
"Policy, Business and Technology: The Virtuous Cycle"
Antonio Coutinho, Chief Energy Management Officer, Horizon Wind Energy
"Challenges in Geothermal Well Bore Construction"
Friedhelm Makohl, Vice President of Marketing, Baker Hughes, Inc.
Question and Answer Period
Reception to Follow