Archive for Energiewende

Conference on energy crisis and energy security on 17 June in Warsaw

The conference is going to take place in the Polish Parliament (Sejm) on 17 June. The title of my presentation is: “Germany’s Scenario and Prepartion in Case of Global Energy Crisis” (in Polish: “Scenariusz i przygotowania Niemiec na wypadek (globalnego) kryzysu energetycznego”).

It is organized by the Environmental Assiociation EKO-UNIA (Stowarzyszenie Ekologiczne EKO-UNIA), Nationawide Coalition “Development YES – Open-cast Mining NO” (Ogolnopolska Koalicja “Rozwoj TAK – Odkrywki NIE”) and Anna Grodzka, Member of the Polish Parliament from the Green Party.

Description of the conference at the organizers’ website:

Celem konferencji jest przeanalizowanie skali zagrozenia wynikajacego z prognozowanego przez wielu naukowcow zalamania sie globalnego bezpieczenstwa dostaw energii. Wiaze sie to z wyczerpywaniem sie zasobow paliw kopalnych, na jakich oparta jest glownie dotychczasowa gospodarka Polski i wiekszosci krajow. Dennis Meadows, swiatowej slawy naukowiec, autor raportu Klubu Rzymskiego (Granice wzrostu, 1972) ostrzega, ze juz przed rokiem 2020 mozna sie spodziewac wyczerpania strategicznych paliw kopalnych, gospodarczego upadku i rozpoczecia gwaltownej redukcji populacji.

Zasadniczym celem konferencji jest podkreslenie wagi polityki energetycznej kraju dla strategii bezpieczenstwa narodowego, z mysla o terazniejszych i przyszlych pokoleniach.

Here is more information about the conference.

Here you may watch the press conference that too place before the conference.

Here you may watch the video taken at the conference and the panel discussion.

Third FFU book project workshop “Low-carbon Energy Transitions”

ffu-logo-final1The workshop is going to take place at the Environmental Policy Research Centre (FFU) at the Free University of Berlin on 9 Mai. The title of my conference paper, presentation and working title of my chapter is: “Germany: Energiewende going local?”.

Working title of the whole book is: “Energy policy in a carbon-constrained world”.

Second FFU book project workshop “Energy Transitions around the World”

ffu-logo-final1The workshop is going to take place at the Environmental Policy Research Centre (FFU) at the Free University of Berlin on 4-5 March. The title of my conference paper, presentation and working title of my chapter is: “Germany’s Energy Transition and the Problem of Coal”.

This workshop is organised by the project “Helmholtz Alliance ENERGY-TRANS” at the Environmental Policy Research Centre (FFU), Freie Universität Berlin.

Here is more information about the workshop.

First FFU book project workshop “Low-carbon Energy Transitions”

ffu-logo-final1The workshop is going to take place at the Environmental Policy Research Centre (FFU) at the Free University of Berlin on 14 February. The title of my conference paper, presentation and working title of my chapter is: “Germany: Energiewende going local?”.

Working title of the whole book is: “Energy policy in a carbon-constrained world”.

From the book editors proposal:

In all of the countries the book looks at, we see movements towards the promotion of low-carbon energy systems. Yet, without support from and implementation on the local level these policies or visions of energy policy in a carbon-constrained world cannot be translated into reality. A range of questions, in all phases of energy policy making – from agenda-setting to implementation – are indeed linked to the local level and its contribution to policy change in the field of energy. The book therefore aims to answer the question of whether the local level is a driver or an obstacle to energy transition/low-carbon energy policies and their implementation in the XY countries selected.

Book chapter on German policy support mechanism for photovoltaics

Palgrave-cover

My book chapter “The German Policy Support Mechanism fpr Photovoltaics: The Road to Grid Parity” was published in Moe, Espen and Midford, Paul (eds.), “The Political Economy of Renewable Energy and Energy Security. Common Challenges and National Responses in Japan, China and Northern Europe”, Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 258-275.

From the book description:

Bringing together renewable energy and energy security, the authors cover both the politics and political economy of renewables and energy security and analyzes renewable technologies in some of the most relevant and topical parts of the world. Japan is energy-scarce and still experiencing the aftermath of Fukushima. China is expanding its renewable energy capacity faster than any other country. Northern Europe has long been among the most progressive regions with respect to renewables – boasting Denmark and Germany, front-runners in wind and solar energy solutions – but also home to petroleum-based economies like Norway. By comparing and contrasting the experiences of such a diverse range of countries, this book identifies both barriers and success factors and explains why some countries have been so much more successful than others when it comes to renewable energy.

More information available on the website of Palgrave Macmillan.