Presentation during the final conference of the EUKI project RENALDO – „Rural Development through Renewable Energy Sources” on 1-2 March in Warsaw

Source: Picture from the summary video of the RENALDO conference available here:

I was invited to present during the results of the comparative study of the Polish-German Energy Platform on energy communities in Poland and Germany.

Organisers of the conference  with the title “Energy cooperatives as part of a sustainable energy transition in rural areas”, were partners of EUKI project RENALDO as well as the Polish Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MRiRW), in cooperation with the National Agriculture Support Center Poland (KOWR). The conference concluded the RENALDO project and gathered more than 200 participants.

The event was opened by Ms Anna Gembicka, Secretary of State at the Polish Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Ms Nathalie Berger, Director for Support to Member State Reforms at the European Commission’s DG REFORM, and Mr Berthold Goeke, Deputy Director-General for National and European Climate Policy, at the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action. On the first day, participants had the chance to learn about the energy cooperative model and its advantages, and about experience from European energy cooperatives in Italy, Greece, Czech Republic and Germany. The following panel discussion focused on best practices from the RENALDO and involved communities in Poland. Relation from the event can be also found here.

My presentation during the conference, in pdf as well as a video, can be found on the KOWR-website (also other presentations in pdf and as videos are available on the KOWR-website). All presentations and discussions as well as a summary video from the conference, including an short interview with me, are also available on youtube (summary video and whole conference day 1 and day 2).


Polish-German Energy Platform started!

Project that I have been developing for the past 3 years – let it be helpful for both countries to enhance mutual understanding and work together towards carbon neutrality! :-)

From the press release of dena on its website:

Deutsch-Polnische Energieplattform stärkt die europäische Energiewende

Die dena und die polnische Nationale Energieagentur KAPE starten Plattform zur grenzübergreifenden Zusammenarbeit

Die Energieagenturen der beiden Länder werden über die Plattform ihre Expertise bündeln und ihre Netzwerke zusammenschließen. Ziel ist es, zur Verständigung zwischen Polen und Deutschland beizutragen und so einen gemeinsamen Weg zur Klimaneutralität zu gestalten.

Energiegemeinschaften im Fokus

Zunächst liegt der Fokus auf Energiegemeinschaften. Gemeinsam mit Städten, Organisationen und Unternehmen beider Länder fördert die Plattform den Erfahrungsaustausch und entwickelt Projekte. Eine Energiegemeinschaft ist der Zusammenschluss lokaler Akteure zur gemeinsamen Produktion und Verwertung von Energie. Es soll analysiert werden, wie Energiegemeinschaften in beiden Ländern jeweils ausgestaltet sind und wie die Rahmenbedingungen dafür verbessert werden können. Darauf aufbauend wird untersucht, wie eine grenzübergreifende Energieregion funktionieren könnte, die Kommunen, Unternehmen und Bürgerinnen und Bürger auf beiden Seiten der Grenze zusammenbringt.

Über die Webseite stellt die Deutsch-Polnische 
Energieplattform aktuelle Informationen bereit.

How about flattening the curve also on CLIMATE and ENVIRONMENT?

How about flattening the curve also on CLIMATE and ENVIRONMENT? Less fossil fuels, more renewables, more energy efficiency, less cars, less flights, more bikes, more electric public transport, less conventional farming, less meat, more local and organic farming, more organic, regional, seasonal and fresh food, less destruction of green urban spaces, less destruction of environment, less destruction of biodiversity, less waste, less food waste, less plastic, less pullution, less imports and exports, less consumption, less acceleration, more local and sustainable production, more circular economy, more resource efficiency, more sustainable and smart urbanization, more deceleration, better quality of life…

DEA’s and dena’s report on land use planning for renewable energy

In the last couple of months I have been involved in preparing a report on the issue of land use planning for renewable energy. Dena’s colleagues have been working on this report together with colleagues from the Danish Energy Agency (DEA). It was a part of the joint project energy transition expertise for China CNREC. The report was launched yesterday at the China Wind Power Conference. It is titled: “Distributed Wind and PV in Denmark and Germany”.

About the report from its introduction:

This report describes the current regulations in Denmark and Germany for land use and planning and siting of RE facilities, especially distributed onshore wind and free-field PV systems. In the first section, the status of both onshore wind power and PV in both countries is presented. Afterwards, the planning and siting processes as well as the approval processes for onshore wind farms and free-field PV systems are explained. In this context, it is important to note that, while Denmark is ruled by country-level regulation, in Germany the regulations for land use differ across the federal states, which have the power to issue own rules. The most important differences are briefly presented in this report. Afterwards, the public participation processes are discussed. Finally, lessons learned for China based on the Danish and German experiences with planning and siting onshore wind power plants and free-field PV systems are suggested.

You may find the whole report here.

dena’s report on PPAs

Dena’s report on PPAs and how to use them for cost-efficient extension of renewable energies, with some recommendations for China, is out! I wrote this report together with my dena’s colleague, Carolin Schenuit. Experts of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) contributed to sections describing PPA practices in the U.S.

About the report from the dena’s website:

“A power purchase agreement (PPA) is a financial mechanism that allows utilities and corporations to procure renewable energy (RE) from producers with minimal to no upfront capital cost in order to meet their RE goals.

This report comprises a literature review on the evolving practices in PPA implementation in the U.S. and Europe, including PPA types, key factors enabling PPAs, as well as challenges and limitations associated with PPA applications. Built on the experience and lessons learned from the U.S. and Europe, this report sheds light onto feasible options that could be adopted by China to enable the implementation of PPAs for RE investments.”

You may find the whole report here.