Can President Obama really claim a leadership role in the energy transition?

U.S. President Barack Obama

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With his climate change speech on Tuesday, President Obama wrote history. He wrote history because he highlighted what most people on this planet already knew: climate change is real! He referred to science, put the attention on those who are already experiencing climate change and pointed out that societies are already paying the price of inaction. President Obama wrote history because he emphasized the responsibility of the United States and other countries to act. He wrote history because he reminded Americans and the world that the US should be the leading nation that shapes the future. [Read more →]

June 27, 2013   1 Comment

What does the German Energy Transition mean for Jordan?

Yesterday in Amman Jordan’s renewable energy leaders discussed Germany’s energy transition. The key questions were how does the German Energy Transition work, what are the international reactions and what does it actually mean for Jordan? The workshop was organized by the Heinrich Böll Foundation and EDAMA.

I was honored to share the international reactions to Germany’s decision to phase out nuclear power and look at what have other countries done to accelerate the deployment of renewable energies. My conclusion: Policies are actually the driver of the energy transition not only in Germany but around the world. [Read more →]

September 26, 2012   1 Comment

Japan gives green light for feed-in tariffs as well as nuclear reactors

Last month we wrote about Japan’s energy policy in the wake of the Fukushima nuclear disaster. This included new feed-in tariff (FiT) proposals for wind, geothermal, hydro, solar photovoltaics, biogas, and biomass technologies. On Monday, it was announced that the FiT proposals have been approved by Japan’s Minister of Industry Yukio Edano and will come into effect on 1 July, 2012. [Read more →]

June 22, 2012   1 Comment