Renewable Energy and Rural Economic Development--A Minnesota-Germany Dialogue on Best Practices

Date: 12/11/2012

Time: 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM

Location: 2900 19th St. NW, Rochester Cascade Meadow Wetlands & Environmental Science Center

Cost: Free


Special public forum w/ German experts from the private sector & government and MN energy policy leaders and regulators hosted by MN State Sen. David Senjem in cooperation with the U of M's DAAD Center for German & European Studies

Presenters and commentators:

Commissioner Dr. David Boyd, MN Public Utilities Commission [moderator]; Werner Frohwitter, director of communcations, EnergieQuelle GmbH, Germany; Dr. Harry Lehmann, head, division for Sustainable Strategies and Environmental Planning, Germany's Federal Environment Agency (UBA). MN State Sen. John Marty, incoming chair, Senate Environment and Energy Policy Committee; MN State Senator David Senjem, Majority Leader.

Is good energy policy also good economic development policy? Germany and its conservative free-market government believe so. Increasing the percentage of renewable energy and energy efficiency is key. The good news: many elements are already in place. The challenge is to connect them to create integrated systems that turn "waste" into the raw material for other high-value production. Communities, business, industry, and technology innovators need to work together. When a bipartisan group of MN and Iowa legislators, government officials, and business leaders went to Germany this past summer, they found much that piqued their interest--and hopefully yours. Werner Frohwitter helped transform tiny Feldheim village into a model for rural economic development and agricultural diversification. Harry Lehmann from Germany's Federal Environment Agency shows we have the technology to build fully sustainable advanced economies. Please join the conversation!

Co-sponsors: Minnesota Power; Great River Energy; District Energy of St. Paul; Cascade Meadow Wetlands and Environmental Science Center.

Location: Cascade Meadow Wetlands and Environmental Science Center, 2900 19th St. NW, Rochester, MN. Tel: 507-252-8136.




  • Name: Sabine Engel
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  • Phone: 612-626-7705
  • Sponsored by: German and European Studies Center, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, Institute on the Environment

Reservation Information:

rsvp appreciated but not necessary. Please rsvp to or call 612-626-7705.

Disability Options:

To request disability accommodations, please contact Jessica Oakes, DAAD Center for German & European Studies,, 612-626-7705.

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