Welcome to our New Energiewende Blog

Germany has drawn a lot of international attention for its aim to switch to a renewable energy economy and leave nuclear and fossil energy behind. There are mixed views on the German Energy Transition – or Energiewende – and on the implications on the future role of coal, trends in energy prices and effects on carbon emissions. In many respects, the German Energiewende serves as a reference case from which other countries can learn important lessons. Thus, our website aims to explain to an international audience what is currently going on in Germany. The blog serves as a platform for communicating the German story internationally in a concise, accurate, relevant and timely manner.

But the story doesn’t end here. We want this blog to reflect some of the key questions that you may have on what is going on in Germany right now. In fact, we invite you to be part of our discussion. Therefore, the blog will not only include regular posts from our lead author, Craig Morris, but will also be open to your own contributions and comments. Feel free to contact us at: Energiewende@us.boell.org

We look forward to sharing our exciting story with you and including you in our policy discussions. Please sign up here to receive regular updates on the Energiewende.

Your German Energy Transition team

Rebecca Bertram & Alexander Franke


Rebecca Bertram works as a freelancer and consultant on energy and climate issues in Guatemala. She used to work for the Heinrich Böll Foundation both as the Director for the Energy and Environment program in the Washington D.C. office and as the Senior Policy Advisor for European Energy Policy at the Foundation's Headquarters in Berlin. Before that, she worked on international energy issues both for the German Ministry of Environment and the German Foreign Ministry. She holds a Master's degree in International Affairs and Economics from the Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).


  1. Alan Simpson says

    Great stuff! I am an admirer and advocate of similar policies in the UK. A recovering politician, I still brief MPs on how hey are being misled on energy policy choices.

    Two questions –

    1. Can I run comments on Energiewende past you as well as questions?

    2. Do you want me to copy you in on articles I write on the current debacle of UK energy policy?

    Thanks for all you do.



    • rebecca says

      Hi Alan,

      Great to hear from you! Our website is there to facilitate the discussion on the Energiewende! So questions, citing, comments are always very welcome!

      All the best!


  2. vicky moller says

    hello, this started as an attempt to contact Alan Simpson as I wanted to invite him as a paid speaker on Energie Wiende, at a conference we are planning in Wales. It will be worthwhile and different!
    But I also wanted to explore help for Wales to achieve its turning/journey. If there is help, this could be a key part of the planned conference. Get in touch?
    0044 1239 820971 Vicky(@)ecocymru.org

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