On June 13, 2016, American Friends of Bucerius partnered with the Frank J. Guarini Center on Environmental, Energy, and Land Use Law, the Transatlantic Climate Bridge, and the German Consulate in New York to produce a panel discussion on the usage and maintenance of renewable energy in Germany and New York.
The panel offered a perspective on the current achievements in renewable energy in New York and Germany, as well as the challenges ahead. Implementation has long been underway, so it is no longer a question of whether we should transition to renewable energy, but rather how we can best integrate it into existing systems. Many believe that this is a challenge because renewable energy is not reliable but as keynote speaker Audrey Zibelman, Chair, New York Public Service Commission, New York Department of Public Service, explained, it is not an issue of reliability, but rather of the tools we use to best utilize energy.
In New York, there is the issue of optimizing the storage of renewable energy, so that it can be distributed and used when needed most. And Germany, while having made great strides in the field, is looking to improve and speed up grid expansion and reform the Renewable Energy Act.
To read a full summary and watch the video of the event, click here.