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Germany’s renewable energy roadmap; lessons for Vermont
Posted (Diane Clancy) on 04-10-2011

Director of German Environment Agency to present Germany’s renewable energy roadmap and lessons for Vermont

WHO: Jochen Flasbarth, President of Germany’s Federal Environment, similar to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Arne Jungjohann, Director for the Environment Program in the Washington, DC office of the Heinrich Böll Foundation
WHEN: Monday, October 10-Wednesday, October 12, 2011.

WHAT: Flasbarth, an architect of Germany’s green energy revolution, is touring Vermont to discuss his country’s decision to shut down the remaining nine of its once 17 operating nuclear reactors by 2022, and how a nuclear phase-out will accelerate the country transition toward 40% renewable energy by 2020 and to 80% to 100% renewable energy by 2050. Jungjohann will discuss Germany’s transition toward a low-carbon economy based on renewable energy and efficiency technologies, and the opportunities to model Germany’s green energy plan, which will create new jobs while removing the threat posed by operating reactors.

BACKGROUND: Germany has chosen to close its nuclear power program by 2022. The State of Vermont voted in favor of shutting the troubled reactor when its current license expires on March 21, 2012. However, that decision is being challenged in court by Yankee owner, Entergy. The Flasbarth visit was initiated by Beyond Nuclear, a national safe energy group, and is being organized by a regional coalition of activist groups working to shut down the Vermont Yankee reactor.

ITINERARY OF EVENTS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC AND THE MEDIA

Monday, October 10 7:00-8:30pm: Public forum at the Center Congregational Church, 193 Main Street, Brattleboro.

Tuesday, October 11 12:15-1:00pm: Press conference, Room 11, State House, Montpelier. Speakers: Jochen Flasbarth, Arne Jungjohann, Rep. Tony Klein. Moderator, Linda Gunter.

7:00pm-9:00pm: Public event. Bethany Church, 115 Main Street, Montpelier.

Wednesday, October 12 12:50pm-1:50pm: Renewable Energy Vermont (REV) conference, Burlington, VT. Lunch and keynote. Keynote speaker is Søren Hermanson of Denmark. Jochen Flasbarth will follow him for five minutes.

Beyond Nuclear ■ Citizens’ Awareness Network ■ Safe and Green Campaign ■ Vermont Yankee Decommissioning Alliance ■ VPIRG

Contact: Linda Gunter, Beyond Nuclear, 301.455.5655;

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1 Comment posted on "Germany’s renewable energy roadmap; lessons for Vermont"
Tom Wyatt on October 10th, 2011 at 8:05 pm #

Excellent presentation tonight in Brattleboro by German Energy Delegation. What they’ve been able to do is very impressive. Not just phasing out nukes but also gearing up for renewables, and encouraging decentralized renewable projects. It was quite inspiring.


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