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Energy Autonomy
Energy Autonomy.
The Economic, Social and Technological Case for Renewable Energy. Earthscan/James & James, December 2006.

Feed-In Tariffs - Boosting Energy for our Future
Feed-In Tariffs - Boosting Energy for our Future. A guide to one of the world's best environmental policies. World Future Council brochure, June 2007.


Media Coverage

cbc.gifHermann Scheer on CBC's "the fifth estate" - The Gospel of Green, aired Nov. 12, 2008 on CBC-TV

As the world confronts the reality of global warming and the inevitable end of oil, the questions of what to do and how to sustain energy without oil or fossil fuels becomes more urgent. Bob McKeown and a fifth estate team travel to Germany to meet Hermannn Scheer, called "Europe's Al Gore," a parliamentarian who is leading the way to increase Germany's reliance on renewable energy sources such as wind power and solar power.

Watch CBC's "The Gospel of Green" with Hermann Scheer

cs-monitor.gifArticle published in The Christian Science Monitor, August 20, 2008
Interview by Mariah Blake

When you originally came up with your energy plan, even Greenpeace felt your targets were too ambitious. What made you so sure it could work?

The driving idea was that the main problem was not the development or availability of technologies. The main problem was the barriers of the conventional power structures – the monopolization of the energy supply by large power companies and the legal framework, which was designed to their interest.

globeandmail136x26.pngArticle published in The Globe And Mail, August 2, 2008 by Chris Turner

'Europe's Al Gore' has already revolutionized the energygrid in Germany. Now, Hermann Scheer is challenging Canada to do the same.

These are inarguably booming times for renewable energy across Canada.The Canadian Wind Energy Association is forecasting that 2008 will be a record year for new wind-power installations nationwide. And in just the first five months of the year, the Ontario government approved contracts for new solar-power plants totalling more than 22 megawatts - nearly 90 per cent of what it approved in all of 2007 - under its pacesetting Standard Offer Program.
Yet it's still nowhere near enough and nowhere close to fast enough for Hermann Scheer, probably the most influential renewable-energy lawmaker on the planet.

newscientist_logo_rgb.jpgArticle published in NewScientist, May 21st, 2008

We have heard all about Al Gore's inconvenient truths on climate change. Now comes an extremely convenient truth from his German counterpart. Social Democrat MP Hermann Scheer, who has been dubbed more revolutionary than Greenpeace, says the great unspoken truth is how painless it will be to convert the world to renewable energy, especially solar power.

electric politics.jpgInterview by George Kenney, Electric Politics
To Peak Oil aficionados it may be something of a surprise to learn that not all is doom and gloom. In fact, we have an amazing, working, macro-scale example of emergent energy independence — right now — in Germany. To get the inside scoop I turned to Dr. Hermann Scheer, driving force behind German energy innovations. If only we were so lucky as to have an American equivalent of Dr. Scheer! Listen, and don't take "no" for an answer.

Listen to the interview online.


Hermann Scheer was in London on April 22nd, speaking at both the House of Commons and the London School of Economics.

At the House of Commons, Dr. Scheer met with the All Party Parliamentary Climate Change Group. In the evening, he held a lecture at the London School of Economics, which was co-organised by the Royal Institute of British Architects and the German Embassy.

Read more on the website of the German Embassy, London

guardian.gifArticle published in The Guardian, April 16th, 2008

Hermann Scheer is the force behind Germany's renewables revolution, and now he's on his way to the UK to try to persuade Britain that old technologies are best left in the past. Kate
                                           Connolly hears his case.

Hermann Scheer has been described both as the "solar king" and the "Stalin of windpower", but the German MP behind the revolutionary project to make his country completely energy self-sufficient is sanguine. "Our dependence on fossil fuels amounts to global pyromania," he says, letting out the characteristically jolly chuckle that escapes whenever he is making a serious point. "And the only fire extinguisher we have at our disposal is renewable energy".

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