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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.


Press Releases

We are mourning the death of Hermann Scheer, an extraordinary person and politician. Hermann Scheer – President of the European Association for Renewable Energy (EUROSOLAR), Chairman of the World Council for Renewable Energy (WCRE), winner of the Alternative Nobel Prize and Member of the German Bundestag – died on 14 October 2010 in Berlin. He was 66 years old. His sudden death is a blow to us all.

Hermann Scheer achieved a great deal in his lifetime. Thanks to him, exemplary progress has been made worldwide towards a green energy supply from renewable sources rather than coal and nuclear power. His unwavering aim of accelerating the transformation of energy systems is becoming reality because his wealth of knowledge, his logical analysis and his ability to inspire others enabled him to convince and win over many people.

Hermann Scheer’s ideas and plans live on because he succeeded in transforming them into tangible achievements. He set them out in his book “Der energethische Imperativ”, published only days prior to his death. EUROSOLAR and the WCRE will continue his life’s work – to which he devoted himself tirelessly and without wavering, with energy and vision – by building on his achievements, as he would have wanted.


 Hermann Scheer presented the Spanish translation of his bestseller “Energy Autonomy” on November 27, 2009 in the Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona. The book which has been released 2005 in German first, was available in English, French, Italian, Danish and Corean so far. “Energy Autonomy” is a normative and practical guide book to overcome nucelar and fossil energies and a contribution to new thought patterns for the initiation of the solar age. The Spanish title is “Autonomia energètica - La situación económica, social y tecnológica de la energía renovable“.

nordafrika.gifPress release, Bonn, 13 July 2009

Prof . Dr. Hermann Scheer, member of the German parliament, EUROSOLAR president and general chairman of the World Council for Renewable Energy, on the presentation of the DESERTEC Industrial Initiative in Munich today:

The Desertec project “Power for Northern Europe from the Sahara desert" is a Fata Morgana. The initiators know: There is no prospect of success. But for all that Desertec could be a good idea indeed. If the aim were to enable the Sahara countries to make the transition to energy generation completely from renewable sources, I would fully agree to the Desertec plan. The EU would make both an essential contribution towards stable economic and social prospects for the southern Mediterranean countries and to fighting climate change. Given their solar and wind power potentials, these countries would even be able to completely move to renewable energy for their electricity supply within less than 20 years. The beneficial effect to their economies would be much stronger compared with exporting power to Europe.

logo_irena_120.jpgPress release, Sharm El Sheik, 29 June 2009

Seminal decision marks world wide
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Commenting on the decision of the Preparatory Commission of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) in Sharm El Sheik (Egypt) on the headquarters and the Director General of this newly formed institution, Hermann Scheer, Chair of the World Council for Renewable Energy (WCRE) and President of EUROSOLAR said:

irena_120.gifPress Release, Berlin, 19 June 2009

The number of member states of IRENA, the newly founded International Renewable Energy Agency, has jumped up to 100. The number of people living in its member states and thus directly impacted by IRENA, rose to more than 3,2 billion people. More countries are expected to join prior to the next meeting of IRENA’s signatory countries at the end of June in Sharm El-Sheikh (Egypt). The US and Australia are expected to join soon.

„IRENA displays a certain magnetic quality for all those, who have realised that renewable energies are the key to the world’s future energy supply“, said Hermann Scheer, member of the German Parliament. „The number of more than three billion people in IRENA’s member countries is enormous. On day in the near future when fossil and nuclear energies are completely depleted, people worldwide will use renewable energy.“

udlogo.jpgPress Release, 07 May 2009

Award for the pioneering promotion of renewable energy sources

For his long-lasting and worldwide commitment to the dissemination of solar energy, Hermann Scheer, member of the German parliament, president of EUROSOLAR, chair of the World Council for Renewable Energy and recipient of the alternative Nobel Prize, has received the Karl Böer Solar Energy Medal of Merit 2009 this Thursday in Newark, USA. Hermann Scheer received the award in Gore Recital Hall of the Roselle Center for the Arts at the University of Delaware.

udlogo.jpgPress Release University of Delaware
17 March 2009

Hermann Scheer, a member of German Parliament, president of EUROSOLAR and chairperson of the World Council for Renewable Energy, will receive the 2009 Karl Böer Solar Energy Medal of Merit during a ceremony to be held at 3 p.m., Thursday, May 7, in Gore Recital Hall of the Roselle Center for the Arts at the University of Delaware.

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