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1 IASS Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies – Dr. Armin Haas – July Dr. Armin Haas, with the collaboration of Prof. Klaus Töpfer and Patrick Matschoss Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies e.V. (IASS Potsdam) Perspectives on Regional Renewable Energy Cooperation Innovative solutions for climate finance, the energy transition and an EU narrative Paris, July 8-9, 2014

2 IASS Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies – Dr. Armin Haas – July Rationale of the Presentation Sketch why regional cooperation may be key for an economically and ecologically sustainable development of renewable energy in Europe. Sketch the main challenge for regional cooperation. Highlight the need for social learning.

3 IASS Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies – Dr. Armin Haas – July A Vision of Plenty Rubens: Abundance

4 IASS Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies – Dr. Armin Haas – July Plenty in Europe 100 per cent cheap renewable electricity for Europe.

5 IASS Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies – Dr. Armin Haas – July European Renewable Domains Source: RGI

6 IASS Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies – Dr. Armin Haas – July The Supergrid Using renewables in a wide area network. Getting rid of 80 per cent of fluctuations. High Voltage Direct Current Grid. Costs using 2005 technology: 4.6 Eurocent/kWh. Source: Gregor Czisch, 2005

7 IASS Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies – Dr. Armin Haas – July The Big Question Is Czisch’s vision technically sound?

8 IASS Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies – Dr. Armin Haas – July Smart Grids Local generation. Demand and load management. Telematics. Virtual power stations. Source: European Commission

9 IASS Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies – Dr. Armin Haas – July Three Issues Are the SuperGrid and Smart Grids mutually exclusive? Is there a route from here to there? Technical visions do not sufficiently reflect the social dimension.

10 IASS Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies – Dr. Armin Haas – July The SuperSmart Grid Synergy of SuperGrid and Smart Grids. Connecting concepts and communities. Paying attention to the social dimension of the challenge.

11 IASS Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies – Dr. Armin Haas – July Enhanced Renewables Cooperation Enhance cooperation of pioneering EU states. Deploy renewable energies where they perform best. Jointly create business opportunities for the private sector. Trigger large-scale investments in Europe.

12 IASS Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies – Dr. Armin Haas – July The Social Dimension Humans come with interests. Humans come with ideologies. Humans are humans: Some are mindfulness, and some are ignorant; some are clever, and some are dumb; and some pretend to be ignorant or dumb.

13 IASS Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies – Dr. Armin Haas – July A Socio-Ecological System

14 IASS Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies – Dr. Armin Haas – July Social Learning A fully renewable electricity system is a concrete and practical topic for social learning. Organise a search process for experimenting with building blocks for such a system. Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it.

15 IASS Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies – Dr. Armin Haas – July Case Study I: Desertec

16 IASS Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies – Dr. Armin Haas – July Desertec Desertec Foundation. Desertec Industrial Initiative.

17 IASS Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies – Dr. Armin Haas – July Founding Members of DII Desertec Foundation Schott Solar M+W Group Deutsche Bank ABB Group RWE Munich Re Abengoa Solar Flagsol HSH Nordbank Cevital E.ON

18 IASS Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies – Dr. Armin Haas – July State of Play Most observers perceive Desertec not as a success story. What happened? What can we learn from Desertec?

19 IASS Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies – Dr. Armin Haas – July Case Study II: RGI

20 IASS Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies – Dr. Armin Haas – July State of Play The RGI seems to be a success story – so far. How did it develop? What can we learn from the RGI?

21 IASS Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies – Dr. Armin Haas – July A Social Learning Exercise What can we learn from Desertec, from the Renewables Grid Initiative, and from other initiatives for regional renewable energy cooperation?

22 IASS Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies – Dr. Armin Haas – July Inside the Cornucopia

23 IASS Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies – Dr. Armin Haas – July Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies e.V. Berliner Straße 130 D – Potsdam Web: Thank You for Your Attention


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