With energy top of the political pops and new thinking on it near the bottom, today sees something more hopeful.
There is a ‘seeing is believing’ tour of community energy co-operatives in Germany starting today, organised by Forum for the Future and Carbon Leapfrog. The tour runs up to Friday.
The German experience of decentralised, renewable energy has been an entirely positive one. They have also solved issues that the current Government has not yet got right, such as a more stable and transparent way to set the feed-in tariffs these schemes use.
I think of this as a kind of German energy mittelstand – the reverse of being stuck with the politics of grass roots trampling and impotent high level talking of regulators and ministers with our energy giants.