Supporting Germany’s Energy Dialogue with Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the USA

Industrial landscape with different energy resources. Sustainable development.

From 2016 until 2021, adelphi lead a consortium that is supporting the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) in its energy dialogue with the USA, Canada and New Zealand and the energy partnership with Australia. adelphi also supported the energy dialogue with Japan and Korea in a twin project. The energy dialogues and partnerships of the BMWi are intended to accelerate the global energy transition, promote mutual learning and facilitate international cooperation.

adelphi and its project partners – Regulatory Assistance Project (RAP), Renewables Academy (RENAC), German Chambers of Commerce (AHK) – supported the BMWi in the uptake and deepening of the energy policy dialogues with the partner countries. A series of studies by adelphi and RAP is examining energy developments in the partner countries and explaining aspects of the German “Energiewende” to audiences in the partner countries.

Numerous formats for dialogue have been realized, such as bilateral talks with federal and state-level governments, regulators, power system operators and other relevant institutions. High level public conferences have been held, such as the California Germany Energy Policy Conference in partnership with the Californian government and already held for the third time in 2019, the first New England Germany Energy Transition Forum in partnership with Massachusetts and the Harvard Law School, the first Germany-PJM States Energy Trends Forum in cooperation with the the Organisation of the PJM States, served by the largest independent power system operator in the USA – and lastly, the first Australian-German Energy Symposium in Melbourne.

The study tours on the German “Energiewende” organised by RENAC were also very popular and attracted Commissioners from US-states, top level representatives of power system operators and decision-makers from politics, business and civil society.

All these activities triggered learning effects that can improve the energy policy in Germany and in the partner countries. The energy dialogues are also addressing private sector matters to support market structures that facilitate increasing shares of renewable energies and the adoption of energy efficient technologies.

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