Dr. Roland Roesch is Deputy Director at the Innovation and Technology Center of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). He currently leads IRENA´s work on RE Innovation, Grids-Assessments and the Strategies Teams for Power Sector Transformation and for the Gas Sector Transformation. During his first years of assignment he was the lead to set-up the IRENA Project Navigator platform to support member countries with developing renewable energy projects. He actively leads the development of IRENA´s work in the fields of ocean energy, blue economy and decarbonizing the shipping sector.
Roland became in October 2010 a Professor for Energy Economics at the University of Applied Science in Darmstadt he worked for 15 years in the Oil&Gas and Utilities Industry for Shell and E.ON in his last position as General Manager Power at Shell and for E.ON as Head of Division, Project Leader, Project Executive and Technical Project Developer. Before he joined E.ON he worked as Energy Market Consultant for Lahmeyer International and as researcher for renewable energies. Roland has solid business experience in energy markets, energy economics and energy strategies, renewable integration management, energy project development and project financing.
As the market focus and customer needs shift and urgency increases, policy also needs to evolve to keep up with the pace of change. What policy and regulatory changes are needed to tackle network and infrastructure challenges in European markets, and what kind of policy does a digitised power sector really need?