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Minnesota energy & jobs experts travel to Germany, examine green policies

Here about their trip today!

Monday, December 12, 3:30 - 5:00 p.m.
Cowles Auditorium
Hubert H. Humphrey School

In mid-November, a delegation of Minnesota energy policy leaders headed by Minnesota Lt. Governor Yvonne Prettner Solon traveled to Germany to explore Germany's long investment in renewable energy. Germany is an international leader in wind and solar energy. Because of ambitious legislation in 2007, Minnesota is also in a national leadership position. Minnesota energy policy leaders and their German counterparts will share best practices and experiences.

Panelists:

·Dr. Harry Lehmann division head, environmental planning and sustainable strategies, Germany's Federal Environment Agency
·State Sen. Scott Dibble, member, Energy, Utilities, and Telecommunications Committee.
·State Rep. Tom Hackbarth, chair, Legislative Energy Commission
·State Sen. John Howe, member, Energy, Utilities, and Telecommunications Committee
·Deputy Secretary of Economics and European Affairs Henning Heidemanns,Germany's State of Brandenburg
·Friedo Sielemann, counselor Environment & Energy,German Embassy, DC
·Dr. Elizabeth Wilson, associate professor of energy & environmental policy, University of Minnesota, and
·Steve Kelley, director, Center for Science, Technology & Public Policy, University of Minnesota

Why Germany

Germany is a world leader in renewable energy adoption. Its landmark renewable energies act (EEG) in 2000 provided the spark for a tremendous boost of investment, generated new jobs and became a model for many other countries interested in securing reliable energy supplies at an affordable cost. This year's decision by the German government to exit nuclear power by the year 2022 is another landmark decision. While the idea to phase out nuclear power had been on the books for more than a decade, the nuclear disaster at Japan's Fukushima plant created a new sense of urgency and a strong public consensus among German citizens. Germany, in effect, has become a huge laboratory and case study for the feasibility and challenge of large-scale energy transformation.

Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs
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