Driven by a long-term policy that dates back decades, Germany is spearheading a transition to a renewable energy-based economy. Yet the Energiewende (energy transition) is not as exceptional as most take it for; other countries are actually transitioning faster to renewables. Nevertheless, the Energiewende is remarkable in a way that is often overlooked: Germany is perhaps the only country in the world where the switch to renewables is a switch to energy democracy. Energy analyst Arne Jungjohann will discuss the origins of the Energiewende movement in Germany from the Power Rebels of Schönau to Chancellor Angela Merkel’s shutdown of eight nuclear power plants following the 2011 Fukushima nuclear accident. He will reveal insights how the Germans got their government to pass laws that actually hurt the big utilities. Jungjohann will offer evidence that the transition to renewables is a one-time opportunity to strengthen communities, democratize the energy sector and accelerate the transition to a low-carbon economy– in Germany and around the world.
The keynote remarks of Mr. Jungjohann will be commented by two American energy experts.
This event is organized by The German Consulate General, The German American Chambers of Commerce and The German Center for Research and Innovation.
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