Maria van der Hoeven, executive director of the International Energy Agency, has been confirmed as a keynote speaker at POWER-GEN Europe and Renewable Energy World Europe.

The IEA chief will tell delegates at the event in Amsterdam in June how the shifting energy landscape is affecting power generation professionals.

She said this week that “the power sector will experience dramatic and permanent changes as electricity comes to dominate the energy system over the next several decades”.

“But shifting towards electricity is not a free ride, and we must actively manage the growth of electrification if we are to meet our goals for an economic, secure and low-carbon future.”

She added that POWER-GEN Europe and Renewable Energy World Europe – which is owned and organised by PennWell Corporation – will highlight “the importance of sharing research, innovative ideas, and new product designs in order to integrate cleaner solutions with existing fuel resources”.

Van der Hoeven (pictured) has served as the IEA’s executive director since 2011 and she has also been invited to serve on the advisory board to the UN Sustainable Energy for All initiative.

PennWell International UK’s director of conferences, Nigel Blackaby, said he was “thrilled” that the IEA chief had agreed to speak at POWER-GEN Europe and added that she was the “ideal authority to address the conference on the energy transition that is currently changing Europe”.

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