In 1998, Dr. Hermann Scheer received the World Solar Prize, in 1999 the Alternative Nobel Prize and in 2000 the World Prize for Bio-Energy. In 1988 he founded EUROSOLAR (the European Association for Renewable Energies – the leading European organisation for promotion of Renewable Energy), and has been a member of the German Parliament since 1980, representing the SPD (Social Democrat Party). He is currently a member of the German Bundestag.
Hermann Scheer is also a writer. His publications include several books on renewables, in particular on solar energy: Sonnenstrategie -Politik ohne Alternative (A Solar Manifesto, 1993), Zurück zur Politik (Back to Policy, 1995), Solare Weltwirtschaft (Solar World Economy, 1999), and many other papers. Hermann Scheer, Anwalt der Sonne (Hermann Scheer, Advocate for the Sun, 1998), a compilation of opinions on Hermann Scheer, was published in 1998. Solare Weltwirtschaft has been translated in to Chinese, Spanish, and French, and an English version is on the way. 20.000 copies of the fourth edition (in German) were printed.
And Hermann Scheer is also a political architect. The revolutionary one page law on renewable energy (Act on Feeding in Electricity) was drawn up and put through the German Bundestag in 1990 by Scheer and his supporters. It was simple and precise, based on three main pillars: free access to the grid, guaranteed fixed prices, and the obligation for utilities to purchase. The implementation of the law has resulted in an incredible 200-300 percent yearly growth in wind energy in Germany, and implementation of the 100.000 solar roofs programme. So, this unique renewable energy law has made Germany the world leader in production of wind energy with 7.000 megawatts (one third of the total world wind power capacity), and reached as much as 50 percent of the total European capacity. At the same time, wind industry growth has created over 30.000 new jobs in Germany. Moreover, this growth and market competition has forced down costs by 50 percent since 1991. Also growing are export possibilities. The new German Renewable Energy Law from 25th February 2000, based on differential prices, creates an even more dynamic situation for utilisation and development of all renewable energy sources (RES).
Meanwhile, the German feed-in law has been brought to the European Court. Opponent (PreussenElektra versus Schleswag) claimed that the law did not comply with the principles of the free market, one of the main postulates of the EU community. The judgment of the EU Court of Justice in Strasbourg in March 2001 stated very clearly that the feed-in law (an obligation to purchase at minimum prices) as well as the new Renewable Energy law are neither state aids nor an obstacle to the internal energy market, merely because they are intended to help achieve environmental objectives, which are in priority for European Union! This was extremely important decision for further promotion of RES.
Hermann Scheer is attempting to widen his support for renewables. The World Council for Renewable Energies, founded at a Berlin conference in June and chaired by Hermann Scheer, will motivate governments of UN countries to push through an approval to establish the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). So, under the auspices of the United Nations IRENA should promote the use of renewable energy sources worldwide. Namely, Dr. Hermann Scheer believes that RES are the only solution for our civilisation.
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