Decentralized energy supply increases independence from fossil resources, reduces the carbon footprint of a society and enhances local value creation. But many of the technologies deployed are still in their infancy and depend on subsidies.
Entrepreneurs, representatives of energy incumbents and new entrants from Germany portray how they have transformed the abstract vision of a low-carbon, decentralized energy system into commercially viable business strategies. They engage in innovation and dissemination networks with municipalities and manufacturers, create new business opportunities using the information and communication layer of the smart grid, and develop an integrated value proposition beyond the narrow maximization of energy sales. Meanwhile, community empowerment stimulates the emotionalization of energy, municipalities turn into island systems and consumers into 'prosumers.'
This book provides first-hand insights of how sustainability and economy can be reconciled – and how agents of change successfully develop the blueprint of a decentralized energy future.
"Local entrepreneurial solutions are needed to meet the global challenges we face. Burger and Weinmann provide a compelling portrayal of visionary individuals and organizations that are shaping the world's energy future."
Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum
"Burger and Weinmann have not just written an insightful book on how decentralized energy can change the dynamics of energy markets, but a powerful, pioneering and insightful study of how markets in general can be changed with the right combination of technology, regulation and empowerment. This book is based on the German experience, but has wide applicability to emerging markets like China and India, where consumers can be empowered to become producers in a new sustainable model with social ownership. This book is a must read for all emerging market policy makers."
Andrew Sheng, President of the Fung Global Institute
"The ideas and concepts described in this book are important and inspiring stepstones on the path towards ‘Zero Carbon Energy Sectors’. They are the ideal complement of a sound political framework that secures and enables the energy transition."
Eberhard Brandes, CEO, WWF Germany