The Global Energiewende – 2/2018

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Dear Friends and Colleagues,
Climate change-induced drought has put growing pressure on water systems around the world in recent years. In Cape Town, the water crisis is now so severe that residents have a daily water limit of 50 liters (13 gallons) per person. The city has warned its residents that if things don’t change by June, it will likely cut off all water to homes and businesses to allow for the remaining water supplies to go to hospitals and communal taps in the slum settlements. In this issue, Leonie Joubert takes an in-depth look at Cape Town in crisis, and the need for society as a whole to find new sustainable ways of managing scarce resources.
We wish you happy reading!
Your Global Energiewende Team,

Cape Town in crisis

Cape Town is dealing with one of the biggest climate change-linked water crises to face a modern city. This should serve as our wake-up call: we must transition to a new, shared way of organising around increasingly stretched resources, writes Leonie Joubert. Read more…

Katovice: A European coal capital goes green

Nowhere in the EU is smog more suffocating than in southern Poland. This year, the polluted Polish mining city Katowice will host the COP24 climate conference. Ahead of that, change is in the air — and on the ground. Richard Fuchs takes a look. Read more…

France to close five nuclear reactors?

Without any official announcement having been made, French nuclear reactor operator EDF seems poised to close up to five reactors next year. What will this mean for the French energy market? Craig Morris investigates. Read more…

Share of German citizen renewable energy shrinking

Unexpectedly, Trend Research have updated their controversial study from 2013. The share of citizen investments in renewables remains high but has clearly fallen. Craig Morris goes in-depth on the controversy. Read more…

Community choice drives renewable growth in California

Community choice aggregation (CCA) is a tool to encourage local control of energy systems that can drive significant growth in clean energy. In California, communities are using CCA to invest in renewable energy; in other US states, it’s a different story. Ben Paulos takes a look. Read more…

Local Energy Unions can reconnect Europe

The European Union’s energy policies have favored national providers and structures for too long. For Europe to re-connect and meet its Paris goals, the European Union must empower citizens to build cross-border local energy unions. Anna Leidreiter and Radostina Primova explain. Read more…

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