The Institute for Public Knowledge and the Center for Global Affairs invite you to join us for a lunch discussion about the German “Energy Transition” and the Elektrizitätswerke Schönau (EWS), a renewable energy cooperative. Rebecca Bertram of the Heinrich Böll Foundation and Eva Stegen of EWS will lead the discussion.
ElektrizitatsWerke Schönau (EWS) decided to buy the local grid in 1991,
the energy market was not yet liberalized and financial support systems
were absent. By buying the grid, EWS aimed to reorganize it in an
ecological manner. In order to transform the grid and the energy
production, EWS stimulated citizens to install renewable energy
production units by facilitating their connection to the grid and by
paying special feed-in tariffs. At the moment, the produced energy of
citizens is exported to the grid and they are compensated under the
terms of the German Renewable Energy Act.
EWS claims that by taking the grid and the sale of energy into their
own hands, citizens can change the business model to suit the needs of
their members. The discussion will touch on the cooperative's strength:
the use of social power, utilizing the power of volunteers that bring in
expertise for free as well as the question of implementing this model
in other communities.
Join YPE as we explore NYC infrastructure one year post-Sandy. We will
sit down with Griffin Reilly from Con Edison, Candice Tsay from the NYC
Mayor's Office of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability, and Derek
Braithwaite from the NYC Transit Authority to hear how these agencies
are working together and planning for the future. These experts will
answer your questions about what they've done since Sandy and how they
are planning for future storms and climate change. After the panel
discussion, we will have light refreshments and networking with energy
Interested in learning more about PowerBridgeNY? Come to an informational session at Columbia University's Morningside Campus to learn more! See more details and register for this event.