Trip Gives US State Policymakers Insight into German Green Energy December 10, 2009Posted by Laura Arnold in Uncategorized.
David Pippen, Indiana :“As a coal state interested and working diligently in cleaning our energy mix it really was the panoply of issues/visits which mean the most to me…I am a policy person, so the discussions with institutional, business and political leaders (and staff) stand out as the most engaging and educational experiences.”
Pippen is Senior Policy Director in the office of Governor Mitchel E. Daniels in Indiana. He can be reached at: email@example.com
The delegation was comprised of senior policymakers from some of the states that share unique similarities with Germany in terms of their economic make-up and energy mix.
During the five days in Berlin and Munich, a mix of meetings, site visits, and cultural activities allowed delegates to witness firsthand the opportunities and challenges born from making a definitive leap towards a more sustainable low carbon future.
At the futuristic production site of Q-Cells, in Germany’s high-tech “Solar Valley,” the delegates learned about the process of manufacturing solar cells and about green collar job creation through the right mix of policies. The final day of the trip in Munich included a trip to the world headquarters of BMW, where the latest innovations in energy efficient and high performance design were showcased.
Several meetings also took place with prominent German politicians and policy makers, such as Prof. Dr. Ottmar Edenhofer of the Potsdam Institute and the Co-Chair of Working Group III of the IPCC; and Dr. Herman Scheer, renowned Social Democrat Party figure and author the German Renewable Energy Act.