Luther Decade and Renewable Energies on top of agenda
Enlarge image Mr. Fickescher, Mr.Haseloff, Mr. Newton,Mr. Beyer, Mr.Becker (© Staatskanzlei Sachsen-Anhalt/Thomas Kelter )
On May 17th, 2012, the German Consulate General hosted a meeting between experts on renewable energies from California and the Minister-President (Governor) of the German state Saxony-Anhalt, Dr. Reiner Haseloff and his delegation. The meeting, which was moderated by Prof. Dr. Groth from Hult Business School and CEO of Emergent Frontiers Group LLC, gave Dr. Haseloff the chance to gain valuable insights not only into the history of California's energy policy, but also into the current state of affairs and challenges especially with regards to the role of renewable energy sources in the golden state. Given Germany’s and specifically Saxony-Anhalt’s ongoing efforts to promote renewable energies, and the fact that Germany is currently undergoing a major transformation of its energy system, the meeting equipped the German delegation with vital new ideas and insights to bring forward imminent discussions back home.
Besides Prof. Dr. Groth, the panel of Californian experts was composed of Boris Schubert, COO North America of solar giant Q-Cells, Mrs. Tracey Grose, Vice President and Director of Research & Strategic Development at Collaborative Economics Inc., Mr. Stephen Crawford from the US Department of Commerce, and Mrs. Angelika Geiger from Germany Trade and Invest Enlarge image Governor Haseloff in St. Matthew's (© Staatskanzlei Sachsen-Anhalt/Thomas Kelter )
The meeting was part of Dr. Haseloff's three day visit to California during which he also promoted the Luther Decade during a service at the German-speaking congregation of St. Matthew's as well as in a meeting with the leadership of the Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod on the West Coast. The Luther Decade is an event series has been opened in 2008 in Wittenberg. With its large variety of activities it leads towards the Reformation anniversary in 2017, which will celebrate the memory of Martin Luther's legendary posting of his theses 500 years ago in Wittenberg.