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OSEA's Roadmap to 2020 Webinar Series: Centralized vs. Decentralized Energy: Lessons from Germany
What lessons can Ontario and North America learn from the decentralized energy transition occurring in Germany?
In Germany, citizens, industry, and politicians have engaged in an “Energiewende” (Energy Revolution) that has resulted in more than 103.4 TWh per year being generated from renewable, representing 20% of Germany’s energy mix (Ontario consumed around 141.5 TWh in 2011). A 40-year plan, the Revolution will make Germany the first country to engage in such a progressive and integrated climate, energy and industrial policy transformation.
Germany’s past successes and future bold goals:
Critics say that the revolution is doomed to fail, that residents and communities, as well as the private sector, should not be allowed to own their energy generation, and that renewables and energy efficiency aren’t enough. Therefore, opponents argue, nuclear and coal plants must be kept online.
Is the German sustainable energy experiment failing? Is a similar transition possible in Ontario? Is it even desirable?
One thing is for certain: the energy sector is changing dramatically. Around the world electrical generation, transmission, and distribution infrastructure is being replaced, upgraded and expanded. In Germany, as well as in Ontario, the need to replace aging infrastructure as well as to build out the electricity system to accommodate new and more distributed forms of energy generation is prevalent. This transformation presents significant economic, social and ecological opportunities, but also carries with it inherent challenges.
Germans and Ontarians both want a cleaner energy system. They also want reasonable bills, reliability, the opportunity to participate as generators and conservers, good jobs and local benefit from projects in their backyards.
Join our panel of German and Canadian experts as we examine what is actually happening in Germany and how the lessons learned can inform the choices the people of Ontario and their leaders face as we rebuild and transform our energy infrastructure and power generation.
The Ontario Sustainable Energy Association, in partnership with the Transatlantic Climate Bridge and the German Consulate in Toronto, is proud to present this timely and important conversation.
Panelists will address important questions such as:
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As mentioned in the webinar, we invite you to contribute to our Roadmap to 2020 visioning initiative as we collaboratively update our vision for a prosperous, resilient and healthy Ontario powered by sustainable energy.
Last Updated: Monday, January 21, 2013 at 1:14:23 PM