Author: Rebecca Bertram

Rebecca Bertram

Rebecca Bertram leads the European Energy Transition work at the Heinrich Böll Foundation’s Headquarters in Berlin. Her work focuses on integrating the various European energy discussions into the German energy decision-making process. Before returning to Berlin, Rebecca was the Program Director of the Energy and Environment Program at the Foundation’s Washington office. She holds a Master’s degree in International Affairs and Economics from the Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).

Why Germany needs a European Energiewende

The European Union is currently negotiating its 2030 energy goals. So far, the German Energiewende has been criticized for being too inward-looking. Yet it is in Germany’s immediate interest to embrace the European dimension. Rebecca Bertram looks at why Germany needs a European Energiewende.

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The Green Peace Dividend – Why green technologies matter for international security

Violent conflicts and security crises around the world have many different causes and effects. The vast majority of them, however, are in one way or another related to energy policy. Yet making this link apparent to policy makers has been challenging. Experts from the foreign policy, security and energy communities have been reluctant to fully grasp the security implications of promising green energy technology and market developments, argue Rebecca Bertram and Charlotte Beck.

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What Germany’s energy transition means for the United States

Germany has been a pioneer in pushing for a renewable energy revolution, making the technologies globally competitive with conventional energy. Now, Germany is passing the baton to countries such as the United States which is increasingly taking over the clean energy race. Rebecca Bertram takes a look.

(Photo by Stefano Paltera/US Dept. of Energy Solar Decathlon, CC BY-ND 2.0)

Renewables are no longer futuristic green dreams – they are smart investments today. (Photo by Stefano Paltera/US Dept. of Energy Solar Decathlon, CC BY-ND 2.0)

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Reflections on the Energiewende 2014

As 2014 draws to a close, the holidays provide the opportunity to look back on the year and thank you for your continued interest in our work. Rebecca Bertram summarizes the discussions and changes for the Energiewende in 2014.

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Welcome to our New Energiewende Blog

Germany has drawn a lot of international attention for its aim to switch to a renewable energy economy and leave nuclear and fossil energy behind. There are mixed views on the German Energy Transition – or Energiewende – and on the implications on the future role of coal, trends in energy prices and effects on carbon emissions. In many respects, the German Energiewende serves as a reference case from which other countries can learn important lessons. Thus, our website aims to explain to an international audience what is currently going on in Germany. The blog serves as a platform for communicating the German story internationally in a concise, accurate, relevant and timely manner.

But the story doesn’t end here. We want this blog to reflect some of the key questions that you may have on what is going on in Germany right now. In fact, we invite you to be part of our discussion. Therefore, the blog will not only include regular posts from our lead author, Craig Morris, but will also be open to your own contributions and comments. Feel free to contact us at:

We look forward to sharing our exciting story with you and including you in our policy discussions. Please sign up here to receive regular updates on the Energiewende.

Your German Energy Transition team

Rebecca Bertram & Alexander Franke