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The German Transition to Renewable Energy

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07.12.2011 | 12:00
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Realistic Plan or Optimistic Goal?

The German American Chamber of Commerce, Inc. in cooperation with the German Consulate General invites you to a panel discussion on


The German Transition to Renewable Energy
Realistic Plan or Optimistic Goal?


Join us at the

 Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany
871 United Nations Plaza (1st Avenue at 49th Street)
New York, NY 10117

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

The German Energy Transition to Renewables,  an open discussion featuring experts from both the US and Germany, will explore opportunities and challenges for renewable energy, emerging technologies, and the environment.  In Germany, a transition away from fossil fuels and nuclear energy has already begun and a combination of energy efficiency measures and renewable energy is projected to take the place of more traditional energy sources.  In the US, renewable energy policy is more diffuse, with renewables less prominent than in Germany. Yet renewable energy use is increasing, with wind experiencing the most significant growth. In fact, many states are already mandating that a percentage of their electricity come from renewable sources in the coming years. As a result of these mandates, a number of questions have been raised.
Can the current electrical grid support significant levels of intermittent energy generation? What will be the time and cost involved in upgrading our networks to handle this energy? Will current battery technology be enough to turn solar and wind energy into base-load generation, or will new solutions be necessary?
The German Consulate General, the German American Chambers of Commerce and other organizations working toward solutions to our complex energy and climate challenges welcome these questions as a way to keep the answers of today from becoming the problems of tomorrow. Join us for this event and be part of the search for sustainability and energy security!



Dr. Jürgen Friedrich
President & CEO, Germany Trade and Invest

Bruce Kahn
Director and Senior Investment Analyst, Deutsche Bank Climate Change Advisors

Lee Lane
Visiting Fellow at the Hudson Institute and former Resident Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute

Prof. Dr. Miranda Schreurs
Environmental Policy Research Center, Freie Universität Berlin


Matthew Allen
German American Chamber of Commerce, Inc.


The discussion will be followed by a networking reception including a light lunch.

There is no cover charge! To register, please use the RED REGISTRATION BUTTON below! For questions, please contact Anne Voss at avoss@gaccny.com or (212) 974-8849 by November 30th.



Panelist's Short Biographies:

Dr. Jürgen Friedrich
Dr. Jürgen Friedrich has been CEO of Germany Trade & Invest, located in Berlin, since 2009. From 1988 to 1997, he was deputy head of energy policy divisions in the Federal Ministry of Economics (BMWi). Following this, the ministry seconded him as economic policy expert to the Office of the Representative of German Industry and Trade in Washington, DC. From 2000 to 2007, Jürgen Friedrich was based in Dubai as Representative of German Industry and Commerce in the UAE, Oman and Qatar. From August 2007 to April 2009, he led the “North Africa, Near and Middle East” Division of the BMWi in Berlin.

Bruce Kahn
Bruce Kahn is Director and Senior Investment Analyst for Climate Change at Deutsche Bank in New York. He has joined the company in 2008 with 20 years of experience in environmental research, most recently as it relates to investments. Prior to joining Deutsche Bank, he managed assets for high net-worth and institutional investors at CitiSmith Barney’s Private Wealth Management Group. Previous experience includes investment and market research for IC Value Inc (previously Center for Sustainable Systems Studies, Miami University of Ohio), management consulting and corporate sustainability strategist for Cameron- Cole, LLC and environmental research positions for the University of Wisconsin, Madison, The Ecological Society of America and Auburn University, and service in the US Peace Corps as an agricultural agent and provincial representative.

Lee Lane
Lee Lane has studied and written about the political economy of climate and energy policy for the last eleven years. He is currently working on a book on the institutional economics of U.S. and global climate policy. He has testified on these subjects before numerous committees of Congress. Lane is a visiting fellow at the Hudson Institute in Washington DC where he is developing a program of research and education on climate policy. Before joining Hudson, he was a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, where he was co-director of the geoengineering research project. For seven years he was executive director of the Climate Policy Research Center, a Washington-based policy research organization, of which he was a co-founder. Earlier in his career, Lane was Vice President for Research of the CSX Corporation and Vice President for Policy of the Association of American Railroads.

Prof. Dr. Miranda Schreurs
Prof. Dr. Miranda Schreurs is the director of the Environmental Policy Research Centre and Professor of Comparative Politics at the Freie Universität Berlin. Prior to this she was Associate Professor in the Department of Government and Politics, University of Maryland. Schreurs’ work focuses on comparative environmental politics and policy in Europe, the US, and East Asia. She was born and raised in the United States and has also lived for extended periods in Japan and Germany and briefly in the Netherlands. Her PhD is from the University of Michingan and her MA and BA from the University of Washington. She has also spent time researching or teaching at Harvard University, Utrecht University, the Freie Universität Berlin, Keio University, Chuo University, and Rikkyo University and has held fellowships from the SSRC-MacArthur Foundation Program on International Peace and Security Affairs, the Fulbright Foundation, and the National Science Foundation/Japan Society for the Promotion of Science.


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Supported by: Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology on the basis of decision by the German Bundestag