Energy democracy is when communities and private citizens take control over their own energy production and has been a major driving force behind the rapid uptake of renewable energy in Germany and Denmark. However, the manifold benefits of the energy democracy paradigm are often left out of policy discussions involving distributed renewable energy systems and climate mitigation. In countries, such as the US, the promise of energy democracy may help spread renewable energy solutions in otherwise unaccommodating policy frameworks.
In this podcast episode, 2016-2017 ELEEP Fellow, Alexander Franke, speaks with author Craig Morris about his recent book, Energy Democracy: Germany's Energiewende to Renewables. Craig Morris is a Senior Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies in Potsdam, Germany and lead author of EnergyTransition.de. He is known as one of the few native English-speaking experts on the German nuclear phase-out and ensuing switch to renewables, having written and lectured extensively on the topic.
To find out more about Energy Democracy and purchase a copy, visit energiewendebook.de. The book is also available through most major online retailers.
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