In May 2022, Germany and the United States signed a joint declaration officially establishing the Climate and Energy Partnership. The Renewables Academy (RENAC) AG, together with adelphi and the local partner, the German American Chambers of Commerce (AHKs), supports the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK) in implementing the climate and energy cooperation. The bilateral activities within this cooperation are coordinated by the German Support Office in Chicago, Illinois.
The partnership's current focus is on offshore wind, hydrogen, electromobility, and cooperation with third countries. As part of this consortium, RENAC organises delegation trips for U.S. stakeholders and delegates to Germany. The delegation trips have been in-person events in Berlin and surrounding cities in Germany and dynamic multiday, virtual events.
In 2022, RENAC organised two delegation trips for U.S. stakeholders to meet with experts from Germany. The focus of the two trips was on hydrogen and offshore wind energy, which were identified as key topics for the transatlantic dialogue.
- BMWK, 27 May 2022, Joint press release about the official establishment of the US-Germany Climate and Energy Partnership
- BMWK, 27 May 2022, Further information on the U.S.- Germany Climate and Energy Partnership
- BMWK, 15 July 2021, Joint Declaration of Intent on the Establishment of a U.S.-Germany Climate and Energy Partnership
- U.S. White House, 15 July 2021, Fact Sheet: U.S.-Germany Climate and Energy Partnership
"I was hoping this trip might yield some learnings for my state [Oregon, United States] as we consider the role that offshore wind may play in our energy future. I also hoped to gain valuable contacts and a chance to offer to share anything that may benefit others from our state’s experience so far. All of my expectations were exceeded with this trip! There’s no substitute for seeing the actual infrastructure involved, and talking with those who have walked the path already. Our hosts were exceptionally willing to share their experience and wisdom, and RENAC’s generosity, attention, and dedication were really inspiring. I came away with concrete questions and initiatives that will help our state move forward in a way that’s best for customers. This was a shining example of the benefits of cooperation and information sharing."
Mark Thompson, USA, Commissioner, Oregon Public Utility Commission, 2022
"Earlier this year, I had the good fortune to participate in a delegation from the U.S. to Germany addressing the development of offshore wind. The experience was most informative from a national policy standpoint. It covered onshore implementation and integration with the grid and, of course, the offshore experience itself. We enjoyed a fascinating mix of experts and delegates both from the U.S. as well as our German counterparts. This is a tremendous opportunity and invaluable information not to be missed as we develop our offshore program here in the States!"
James F. Bennett, USA, Office of Renewable Energy Programs, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), 2022