How did the Germans convince their politicians to pass laws allowing citizens to make their own energy, even when it hurt utility companies?
In their book Energy Democracy, IASS Fellow Craig Morris and energy analyst Arne Jungjohann trace the origins of the Energiewende movement in Germany from protests against the industrialization of rural communities in the 1970s to the Power Rebels of Schönau and German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s shutdown of eight nuclear power plants following the 2011 Fukushima nuclear accident.
The authors explore how community groups became key actors in the bottom-up fight against climate change. Individually, citizens might install solar panels on their roofs, but citizen groups can do much more: community wind farms, local heat supply, walkable cities and more. This book offers 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.
Craig Morris will present the book at the IASS (Kleist Villa, Berliner Str. 130) on 25 October 2016, 4-5 p.m. The event is open to the public.
More information on the book can be found on the website http://energiewendebook.de/.