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, it 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.
Arne Jungjohannwill discuss the origins of the Energiewende movement in Germany from the Power Rebels of Schönau to German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s shutdown of eight nuclear power plants following the 2011 Fukushima nuclear accident. Jungjohann will offer evidence that the transition to renewables is a one-time opportunity to strengthen communities and democratize the energy sector – in Germany and around the world.
Organized in cooperation with the Heinrich Boell Foundation and Beyond Nuclear.
Entrance is located on 20th Street midway between I and K Streets.
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