1. No Carbon Nation - Part 4

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    www.NoCarbonNation.net Moving forward & key take-aways There's no silver bullet. Rather, transition will be accomplished with a price on carbon, standard regulatory tools, and innovative policy.

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    • No Carbon Nation - Part 2

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      www.NoCarbonNation.net Transition in the energy space Key transition issues in electricity generation, buildings, industry and transportation.

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      • No Carbon Nation - Part 3

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        www.NoCarbonNation.net Dynamics of transition Carbon taxes, climate bonds, and other socio-economic factors affecting the scope and rate of change.

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        • The Energy Transition in Baunatal, Germany - video with subtitles

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          More information: energy-region.eu baunatal.de/de/Stadtverwaltung/Bauverwaltung/Energyregion The goal of the EU-Project Energy Region is the effective development of distributed renewable energy. Eleven teams from four countries take part – from Poland, the Czech republic, Slowenia and Germany, looking to make the energy transition happen. My name is Kirsten Hasberg and I´m passionate about energy democracy. That´s why I´m visiting the participants of ENERGYREGION. In Baunatal in Hessen, Germany, I´m meeting with Johannes Möller, Energy Officer of the city. „Hi Kirsten.“ „Hi Johannes. How does Baunatal contribute to the Energy Transition and how does that contribute to the EnergyRegion-Project?“ „As a responsible energy consumer, Baunatal renovates it´s facilities. We´re saving energy, and we´re producing energy with our solar panels, which for the mainpart are installed as community power projects, and we´ve good good examples one can learn from. We can learn a lot from our European partners. So, there is a great exchange within the project. Still, the best energy is the energy the energy saved.“ You can´t see energy saved. Just as little as you can see the community solar arrays on top of the music school. From up here, you can. I´m on the fifth floor of the town hall, and meeting Silke Engler, the Vice Mayor of Baunatal. „As a city, we are always aiming at setting an example, to conciously be a role model by saying: Our own buildings are being refurbished energetically, and they are refurbished according to high standards. And everytime we renovate, I also aim to put a solar panel on top of the building. We want to make our contribution. „The partners of the EU-Project EnergyRegion – how is their reaction to examples like these?“ „We are collecting many good examples, ultimately we want to create a database where hands-on examples are explained in an easy-to-understand manner. What is happening in all partner municipalities of EnergyRegion and works well - we don´t need to re-invent that. We just need to copy it and then, we can do it as well!“ But there is also something others can copy from Baunatal: The Volkswagen plant supplies itself and part of the city, too. The plant is run as a combined cycle power plant, CCPP in short. Manager Heinrich Nientiedt explains to me, why everybody profits. „The central element of this Combined cycle power plant is the principle of electricity generation in two places. And, that the heat, which is recovered from the steam turbine, is partially used for technical purposes here on the Volkswagen-site, partially for space heating for the factory, depending on the outside temperature. And via the district heating grid, the heat is transported to the homes of Baunatal.“ The hot exhaust gas from the gas engine is used to generate steam, powering a steam turbine. The hot waste water from the steam engine is in turn used via combined heat and power. The total efficiency at sufficient heat demand is above 90 %. „This means that all pipes, pumps, valves and meters that you see here serve the same goal: To recover heat and transport it to the consumer.“ In the control room, all Volkswagen power plants are monitored and controlled, 24-7. There are two additional units in Wolfsburg, several photovoltaic power systems and soon, also a Volkswagen wind turbine. „What is shown on the display?“ „The large displays show us, that we are currently have a total consumption of 96 MW in the factory. We are producing 62 MW. This means that we are covering the difference between consumption and production from the outside grid, that´s 34 MW.“ „...which are covered by another Volkswagen power plant, in balance sheet terms?“ „Exactly“. „All right!“ The unit in Baunatal delivers electricity and heat to the factory employing 12.900 people. Additionally, 2000 private households are connected to the district heating system. This makes it a best-practice example of EnergyRegion.

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          • The Energy Transition in Niestetal, Germany - video with subtitles

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            More information: www.energy-region.eu www.klimaschutz-niestetal.de/grundlagen-klimaschutz/34-energyregion The goal of the EU-Project Energy Region is the effective development of distributed renewable energy. Eleven teams from four countries take part – from Poland, the Czech republic, Slowenia and Germany. My name is Kirsten Hasberg and I´m passionate about energy democracy. That´s why I´m visiting the climate protection manager of the municipality of Niestetal. Arno Scheer, Climate Protection Manager: „Hi Kirsten.“ „Hi Arno. Great to be here in Niestetal!“ „Welcome!“ „How does Niestetal contribute to the Energy Region Project?“ „Energy Region is a European project and already back in 2009, we created an energy plan for Niestetal containing around 20 measures describing what the municipality can do. Our declared objective is to be CO2 neutral in 2034.“ The municipality is doing a lot to reach this goal. For example with a support scheme for energy renovations. 10 percent of the costs for new windows and insulation were covered for this house. I´m meeting with home owner Manfred Glandien and craftsman Uwe Mergard. Manfred Glandien, Home owner Uwe Mergard, Craftsman „How did you come up with the decision to do an energy refurbishment?“ „First, a neighbor told me that funding is available, and second, the windows were old and the roof insulation was defective.“ „How will this home renovation pay off, what´s your experience with your customers?“ „Well, quite clearly, 20 – 30 percent of energy costs are saved. On a technical level, so much has changed and improved.“ „And how many years does it take before this investment is recovered by the savings?“ „Well, I´d say 5-6 years, it depends...“ „That´s really a...“ „... a reasonable period of time.“ 5 percent of the buildings in Niestetal were refurbished within the past two years. Therefore, the support scheme is one of the Best Practice examples of the Energy Region project. Just as the newly built daycare center with the cooperatively owned solar system on it´s roof. Werner Steinke of the cooperative shows me the installation. Werner Steinke, Niestetal Energy Cooperative „It´s running since August and supplies the daycare below with electricity. In particular the canteen kitchen which feeds 500 children here in Niestetal.“ Local self-reliance. This idea is practiced here. The solar system belongs to the citizens´energy cooperative and is leased to the municipality. The solar inverters are from the local company SMA Solar, supporting the local value chain. „Here in and around Niestetal, a few thousand jobs depend on the production of solar inverters, so of course we have explicitly insisted on the use of SMA Solar inverters here.“ Up to 80 % of the electricity is used directly in the canteen kitchen of the daycare center. I´m taking a look at it with major Andreas Siebert. Andreas Siebert, Mayor „What significance does it have for Niestetal to open a daycare center which is virtually entirely supplied by it´s own solar system?“ „First of all it´s something very special to open a daycare center at all, and on top of that it´s of course particularly nice if one can show what´s possible with renewables.“ „That´s part of your master plan for Niestetal, right?“ „Yes, we are also building wind power stations here in Niestetal, which are urgently needed to achieve our greater goal of CO2-neutrality.“ Theodor and Tabea are among the first Kindergarten kids here. I want to show them the solar roof – and explain it to them. „And then your food is cooked with the power from the sun!“ „Really?!“ „Yes, really!“ Even though they might not understand it yet: Their daycare center saves 600 tonnes of CO2 annually. And is hence a perfect example of the Project Energy Region.

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            • The Energy Transition in Cölbe, Germany - video with subtitles (extended version)

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              For more information: energy-region.eu coelbe.de/index.php/energie/energyregion Regine Hassenplug, Municipal Board of Cölbe „Why does the region play such an important role for the energy transition?“ „For me, it´s very important to get away from large structures, centralized generation and large cross-country power lines. It´s stated in the project title that it´s about the decentralized generation from alternative energy sources. From my perspective, it´s really important that the energy transition is distributed. In Cölbe we have made it our goal to be energy independent by 2040. Only few blocks down the road is the home of Wagner Solar Technology. Co-founder Andreas Wagner wants to give Kirsten a peek into manufacturing. The products from Hessen continuously score top positions with German product testing organizations Ökotest and Stiftung Warentest. Solar power and solar heat – the company is well-positioned and produces efficient high-performance solar hot water collectors and mounting systems for solar photovoltaic modules. Andreas Wagner, Wagner & Co. Solar Technology „Now in summer, both solar power and solar heat systems run very well. In Germany, we deliver to our specialist craftsmen, but we also have branch offices abroad, in different countries like Spain, Italy and France, where parts are manufactured.“ „We are on the premises of Wagner Solar, but Mr. Wagner, is this your company?“ „No, it´s not my company. It´s a special feature. We founded the company in 1979 with the goal to produce sustainable energy, but also to work in new management structures and run the company as a cooperative. And we´ve kept the principle that the company belongs to the employees until this very day. That´s why we´re also very strongly tied to and involved here in the surroundings of Cölbe.“ And here, the technology of Wagner Solar is put to use. The Solar Field of Cölbe. It produces 3,1 Million KiloWattHours annually, equivalent to 13% of the electricity consumption of the municipality of Cölbe. Thomas Rotarius had the vision of building a solar park on the abandonned gravel pit shunned by farmers. Since then, he has lead the project on a voluntary basis. Thomas Rotarius, Deputy Mayor, Solar Field Cölbe „There must certainly be many people who admire Cölbe for a project like this one, right?“ „Yes, because we have not only achieved to bring a solar power plant online, but we´ve managed to get citizens interested in the topic and to involve them.“ „So if I´d live here, would the installation belong to me as well?“ „Yes, on the one hand because half of the system is in the ownership of the municipality. In this way, every citizen gets something out of what is harvested here. And on the other hand, individual citizens have invested their money here, in the form of shares or solar savings certificates, so they enjoy the benefits directly. The projected returns of the Solar Field amounts to a whopping 6,8 percent. And: This money stays within the region. The next destination is the neighbouring town Schönstadt. Here, surplus energy from the nearby sawmill is used to deliver hot water to households. Completely owned by citizens, the district heating system is the largest of it´s kind in Germany. Hannes Weber takes active care of the new energy unit. Hannes Weber, Board of District Heating Schönstadt ”We´re in a pretty unusual place, aren´t we?” ”Yes, one can say that. We´re proud of what we´ve accomplished with our action group here in Schönstadt. For two years, we´ve sat together every monday evening, and today, ever since October, it runs flawlessly. We have 380 houses with heating in Schönstadt, and 280 of them are conneted to the network and are supplied with hot water. And that´s hot water coming from biomass!” ”And how does the citizen participation work here?” ”The citizen involvement surprised us. From the outset, we promoted the project from it´s environmental point of view. And at some point, our prices and the price of heating oil will drift further and further apart. Then, citizens will of course also gain a financial benefit.” Citizens proactively provide ideas and at the end of the day, profit themselves. According to mayor Volker Carle, this is the only way the Energy-wende can be successful. Volker Carle, Mayor of Cölbe: ”100 Percent renewable energy. How has that become a subject matter for Cölbe?” ”We cannot continue to generate our prosparity at the costs of future generations, but must make sure that we don´t leave environmental damage and debt behind.” ”Why is it so important to achor this transition in the region?”

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              • Making the Energy Transition happen: The Climate and Energy Efficiency Agency KEEA in Kassel, Germany - video with subtitles

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                For more information: www.energy-region.eu www.keea.de/category/internationales-forschungsprojekt-energyregion The goal of the EU-Project Energy Region is the effective development of distributed renewable energy. Eleven teams from four countries– from Poland, the Czech republic, Slowenia and Germany, are looking to make the energy transition happen. My name is Kirsten Hasberg and I´m passionate about energy democracy. That´s why I´m visiting the participants of ENERGYREGION. In Kassel, Germany, I´m invited to the Climate and Energy Efficiency Agency KEEA. Thomas Duwe and Armin Raatz are working out solutions for the future energy supply based on wind, hydro and solar power, on biomass and geothermal energy. Armin Raatz, Managing director, KEEA, Thomas Duwe, Project Manager, KEEA ”What role does KEEA play in the project?” ”We´re contributing with our know-how on the development of energy and climate action plans, gained during the last couple of years. We´ve dealt with questions on regional value creation and worked on different aspects of citizen participation so far.” ”And, a climate action plan, an energy action plan, what is that, really?” ”Well, in principle, such a plan starts with an energy balance. One takes a look: What´s the energy consumption? How is it distributed? Then, we look for energy savings potentials, and ask ourselves, where is there potential for the use of renewable energy?” „Do you have any personal experience in the field of energy efficiency?“ „Yes, I do. We´ve got our own house just around the corner which we´ve refurbished completely. Let´s take a look at it!“ When Armin Raatz bought the house in 2006, it was in a very bad state. Along with it came very high energy costs. He couldn´t find any new tenants, and he decided to take action and renovate sustainably. Armin Raatz, Managing Director of KEEA, Thomas Duwe, Project Manager, KEEA „I do see the solar panels, but what´s more been done with the house?“ „We´ve insulated the house all way round, and we´ve replaced the windows to state-of-the-art technology, and then, we´ve installed a ventilation system, so that although the house is now very well insulated, a good exchange of air is possible. And, we´ve installed a solar thermal collector on the dormers.“ „We´ll also include the project on the forthcoming EU-Project list of best practice examples. It´s about making people able to take action themselves. In that context, we´re creating a catalogue of measures. What is possible, really? In the field of insulation for example, as we see it here. But also: „What can I actually do with renewable energies on my own house?“ „In part, the access to knowledge is complicated, one doesn’t really understand. If you truly want to do it, it´s important that there´s someone around who cares. Someone who is sort of a helping hand and shows what´s really possible.“ „This house for example, I´d say it has contributed to the fact that another four or five houses in the neighbourhood have been refurbished to a similar standard.“ To motivate citizens to their own, decentralized Energy-Wende is an important part of Energy Region. And KEEA thinks beyond the region of Northern Hessen: Armin Raatz, Managing Director of KEEA, Thomas Duwe, Project Manager, KEEA „What role does the region play in the EU-Project?“ „Well, Northern Hesse is a model region in the EU-Project. This means: We look at how we can make things happen, along with the people in this region.“ „Yes, and KEEA is a key contributor.“ „We´re contributing with our mode of thought which we´ve already developed quite far here in our region. How can stakeholders in a region improve their collective action? We´ve got several research institutes and networks within this field. In recent years, we´ve seen a significant economic upturn, which was also fuelled by renewable energy. And I do believe that these are important impulses. Signals, which we can transfer into this project and where we can show, where this development can lead, if you do it really well.“

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                • The Energy Transition in Cölbe, Germany - video with subtitles

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                  The goal of the EU-Project EnergyRegion is the effective development of distributed renewable energy in combination with conventional energy sources. Eleven teams from four countries – from Poland, the Czech republic, Slovenia and Germany - are looking to make the energy transition happen. This project is implemented through the CENTRAL EUROPE Programme co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund. For more information: energy-region.eu coelbe.de/index.php/energie/energyregion Kirsten Hasberg of Energy Democracy TV is visiting the participants of EnergyRegion. She is meeting with Regine Hassenpflug of the municipality Cölbe in Hessen, Germany. Regine Hassenplug, Municipality of Cölbe: „How did it come about that Cölbe joined the EU-Project?“ „Cölbe has a municipal council and a mayor who already at an early stage aimed at developing an energy plan. Since, quite some things have happened. It´s great that we´re now able to measure and present it. And also show our project partners what influence this energy plan has had, what we´ve learned and what we can improve on in the future.“ As Best-Practice-Example of the Energy Region is the Solar Field of Cölbe. It produces 3.1 million kWh annually, that´s 13 % of the electricity consumption of the municipality. Thomas Rotarius had the vision of building a solar park on the abandonned gravel pit, shunned by farmers. Since then, he leads the project on a voluntary basis. Thomas Rotarius, Municipal Council of Cölbe: „There must certainly be many people who admire Cölbe for a project like this one, right?“ „Yes, because we have not only achieved to bring a solar power plant online, but we´ve managed to get citizens interested in the topic and to involve them.“ „So if I´d live here, would the installation belong to me as well?“ „Yes, on the one hand because half of the system is in the ownership of the municipality. In this way, every citizen gets something out of what is harvested here. And on the other hand, individual citizens have invested their money here, in the form of shares or solar savings certificates, so they enjoy the benefits directly. The projected returns of the Solar Field amounts to a whopping 6.8 percent. And: This money stays within the region. Another Best Practice example example is the neighbouring town of Schönstadt. Here, surplus energy from the nearby sawmill is used to deliver hot water to households. Completely owned by citizens, the district heating system is the largest of it´s kind in Germany. Hannes Weber takes voluntary care of the new energy unit. Hannes Weber, District Heating Schönstadt: ”We have 380 houses with heating in Schönstadt, and 280 of them are conneted to the network and are supplied with hot water. And that´s hot water coming from renewable resources!” ”And now, other municipalities are coming to you in order to learn from you?” Yes, it´s been around eight or nine delegations from near and far. We´ve also had delegations from the Czech Republic, Poland and the Netherlands, who´ve taken a look." The Municipality of Cölbe want´s to be Energy independent by 2040. And it could really work out. If citizens continue to actively provide ideas for the energy transition, the whole region benefits, says mayor Volker Carle. Volker Carle, Mayor of Cölbe: ”Why is it so important to achor this transition in the region?” ”Imagine that we could by energy savings alone generate five million Euro for our small municipality. We wouldn´t spend that on Russian gas or Arabic oil, but create value right here. The municipality would be in the fantastic position not only to take money away from citizens through taxes, but to deliver added value back.” Kirsten Hasberg has seen: In the Cölbe Region the energy transition is already taking place. Not only on paper, but first and foremost in the heads of citizens.

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                  • Trailer

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                    The (not completely serious) trailer for the movie "Welcome to the Energiewende," which can be viewed in its entirety here: welcometotheenergiewende.blogspot.de

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                    • 17 Garzweiler

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                      In this chapter of "Welcome to the Energiewende," we take a trip to Germany's largest open face coalfield to see what the country needs to leave behind – and learn that a focus on prices alone is misleading.

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