Connexus Energy CEO, Greg Ridderbusch, had the opportunity to be invited for the second year in a row to attend the Berlin Seminar in July.

Hosted by the University of Minnesota’s Institute on the Environment and funded through a grant from the German government, the annual Berlin Seminar on Energy Policy is a unique opportunity for leaders in government, business, academia, and the nonprofit sector from both Germany and the U.S. Upper Midwest to share information and perspectives on how to best achieve a renewable energy future.

The theme of this year’s seminar is Energy Transition 2.0: The 20-some delegates invited to attend viewed showcase examples in the North Rhine-Westphalia and Berlin/Brandenburg regions that demonstrated the benefits of looking at energy in a comprehensive fashion and connecting renewable energy generation with other sectors, including buildings, transportation, industry, and agriculture.

Minnesota has been exchanging best practices in energy and sustainability with Germany since 2011 through various programs hosted by the Institute on the Environment. Minnesota’s 2013 solar energy legislation, which is enabling strong growth in the deployment of solar energy plants across the state, is among the outcomes prompted by the exchange. Another outcome relates to the ongoing conversation in the state about opportunities and challenges in Minnesota’s own energy transition; having access to insights from the architects of Germany’s transition, along with multi-partner collaboration, allows for more robust solutions in Minnesota.

Connexus Energy is proud to be a part of such a fantastic opportunity as we move toward even more renewable energy in the future for our members.