Community and the Energy Transition - An afternoon with Arne Jungjohann

Date: 
Fri, 19 May, 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Ontario Investment and Trade Centre / 250 Yonge St.

Join us on Friday, May 19th, for a conversation with Mr. Arne Jungjohann about the importance of community involvement and participation in the energy transition.

Mr. Jungjohann is a German renewable energy expert and co-author of the book "Energy Democracy," which explores the history of the German energy transition.

In light of growing concerns about Climate Change, Mr. Jungjohann will share with us some of the lessons learned from the German experience as it relates to effective citizen mobilization and determination to build a more sustainable and inclusive energy infrastructure.

Following his presentation, Mr. Jungjohann will be joined by prominent community leaders for an engaging panel discussion.

* This event is FREE but please register as space is limited.

* Please note that this is a scent-free event.

Information about the Speaker and Panelists

Arne Jungjohann is an energy analyst and political scientist. He advises foundations, think tanks, and civil society in communication and strategy building for climate and energy policy. Previously, he worked for Minister President Winfried Kretschmann of Baden-Württemberg, the Heinrich Böll Foundation in Washington DC, in the German Bundestag, and in the family owned business. As its editor he launched the most influential English Twitter account on the German Energiewende (@EnergiewendeGER). Together with Craig Morris he co-authored Energy Democracy: Germany’s Energiewende to Renewables (Palgrave Macmillan 2016). He is a member of the Green Academy, a network with leading thinkers from science, politics and civil society which is facilitated by the Heinrich Böll Foundation. Arne is the founder of the local chapter of the German Green Party in Washington DC and lives in Stuttgart in the state of Baden-Württemberg, the country’s economic powerhouse. He studied at Philipps University Marburg and at the Free University of Berlin.

Introducing the Discussion Panel:

Peter Crocket, P.Eng, Chief Administrative Officer of Oxford County:

With 20 years of experience in senior-level municipal leadership, building on a diverse career started in municipal engineering, Peter M. Crockett brings expertise in strategic planning, stakeholder engagement, program reviews, cost effectiveness and efficiency assessments, change management, organizational change, municipal amalgamation implementation, and leadership development.

In his current role as Chief Administrative Officer of Oxford County, Peter spearheaded the process to develop a grassroots strategy for community sustainability. His key leadership accomplishments at the County include the development of the Future Oxford Community Sustainability Plan; the County’s participation in a Canadian Index of Wellbeing community survey; development of Oxford’s 100% Renewable Energy and Zero Waste plans; transitioning to a municipal green fleet; introducing net zero energy performance standards into municipal housing and facility construction; advocating for Southwestern Ontario public transportation improvements; and working to establish a sustainability cluster to serve as a “living lab” for sustainability initiatives and social innovation.

Peter has previously held positions with the City of Edmonton, Mohawk College, the Region of Peel, the City of Hamilton, the Region of Halton, and the City of Toronto. Peter is a graduate of McMaster University’s Civil Engineering program.

Shane Mulligan, President of Radicle Works Ltd. andGeneral Manager of Local Initiative for Future Energy Co-operative (L.I.F.E), Inc.:

Shane Mulligan can most often be found walking with his dog in the woods around Kitchener, Ontario. During his working hours, he manages the Local Initiative for Future Energy Co-operative (lifecoop.ca), and consults with other community groups as President of Radicle Works Ltd.  Since 2010, Shane has worked with renewable energy proponents as they navigated under Ontario’s Feed-in Tariff Program. He has helped LIFE Co-op grow to over 450 members, and, with its community partners, to secure FIT contracts on some $15 million worth of solar and wind projects. He continues to manage relations with landowners and third party partners, while raising equity for the recently connected Moorefield Wind Project, and exploring new community energy prospects in net metering and energy storage. He also participates on OSEA’s Policy Committee Meeting and its Net Metering Working Group.

More information about Mr. Jungjohann's Canada Tour:

The Embassy of the Federal Republic of German to Canada and Senvion Canada Inc. invited Arne Jungjohann, renewable energy expert and author of the book Energy Democracy, to Canada. During his visit, Mr. Jungjohann will talk about the diversity of the German renewable energy landscape and the “Energiewende” (Energy transition), with its high involvement of citizens and co-ops, as a model for other nations.

Mr. Jungjohann will speak in Halifax, Montréal, Ottawa, Waterloo and Toronto from May 15 until 19, 2017.  For more information visit: http://sogerman.ca/events/arne-jungjohann-on-tour/

The tour is brought to you by: Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany, Ottawa. Organized by the Ontario Sustainable Energy Association.