Energy Democracy

Germany’s Energiewende to Renewables

  • Craig Morris
  • Arne Jungjohann

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiii
  2. Craig Morris, Arne Jungjohann
    Pages 1-14
  3. Craig Morris, Arne Jungjohann
    Pages 15-36
  4. Craig Morris, Arne Jungjohann
    Pages 37-52
  5. Craig Morris, Arne Jungjohann
    Pages 53-72
  6. Craig Morris, Arne Jungjohann
    Pages 73-93
  7. Craig Morris, Arne Jungjohann
    Pages 95-122
  8. Craig Morris, Arne Jungjohann
    Pages 123-159
  9. Craig Morris, Arne Jungjohann
    Pages 161-196
  10. Craig Morris, Arne Jungjohann
    Pages 197-226
  11. Craig Morris, Arne Jungjohann
    Pages 227-250
  12. Craig Morris, Arne Jungjohann
    Pages 251-298
  13. Craig Morris, Arne Jungjohann
    Pages 299-339
  14. Craig Morris, Arne Jungjohann
    Pages 341-377
  15. Craig Morris, Arne Jungjohann
    Pages 379-412
  16. Craig Morris, Arne Jungjohann
    Pages 413-419
  17. Back Matter
    Pages 421-437

About this book

Introduction

This book offers an accessible overview of how Germans convinced their politicians to pass laws allowing citizens to make their own energy, even when it hurt utility companies to do so. It traces 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. The authors explore how, by taking ownership of energy efficiency at a local level, community groups are 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 is Contributing Editor of Renewables International and lead author at EnergyTransition.de. He has served as editor of IRENA’s REmap report and Greenpeace’s Energy (R)evolution in addition to translating several major German books on renewables into English. In 2014, he won the IAEE prize for journalism in energy economics.

Arne Jungjohann is an author, consultant and political scientist. He served as a strategic advisor for the Minister President of Baden-Württemberg and in the Deutscher Bundestag. Based in Washington DC for several years, he fostered transatlantic dialogue on climate and energy matters. He lives with his family in Stuttgart.



Keywords

Energiewende grassroots climate change Growian wind power green capitalism Energy policy renewables energy transition green energy

Authors and affiliations

  • Craig Morris
    • 1
  • Arne Jungjohann
    • 2
  1. 1.Petite PlanèteFreiburg and BerlinGermany
  2. 2.StuttgartGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-31891-2
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2016
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-31890-5
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-31891-2
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