The future of renewable energy: Germany’s energy transition, Australia and the ACT

Crawford School of Public Policy | Centre for Climate Economics and Policy

Event details

Public Seminar

Date & time

Monday 22 July 2019


Renewables Innovation Hub, 19-23 Moore Street, Turner ACT


Prof Andreas Loeschel, Muenster University, Megan Ward, Neoen, Geoffrey Rutledge, Deputy Director-General, Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate, ACT Government


Holly Zervos

What role will renewable energy play in the energy systems of the future? How will high shares of wind and solar power effectively be integrated into the grid, what does it mean for energy costs, and what role is there for policy to guide the transition? This forum will hear an analysis of developments in Germany.

Germany has ambitious targets to shift from coal and nuclear power to renewables. Renewables have fast increased their share in power generation, but the country is nevertheless not on track to meet its national emissions target. The forum will also hear about the vision for the future of renewables from a renewable energy company which has headquarters in Australia, and an update on the ACT’s energy measures including its trajectory to 100% renewables. The discussion will focus on what lessons can be drawn from Germany’s experience for Australia and the ACT.

The forum will hear from Andreas Loeschel, who is Professor at Muenster University and chair of Germany’s expert commission for the monitoring of the energy transition; Megan Ward, State Leader South Australia at Canberra-based renewables company Neoen, the company behind the Hornsdale Tesla battery; and Geoffrey Rutledge, Deputy Director-General of the ACT Government’s Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate. The event is jointly hosted by the Centre for Climate and Energy Policy at ANU Crawford School and the ACT government.

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