Christine Wörlen

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Christine Wörlen


From February to August 2010 former Head of the Renewable Energy Division of the German Energy Agency dena, Christine Wörlen, supports the Midwestern Green Jobs Project.

Based on research and discussions with stakeholders from the Midwest, Christine asseses current and future measures of job creation in the field of renewable energies and energy efficiency. The policy measures will be presented and discussed during the Midwestern Green Jobs Tour 2010. Key findings from the tour will culminate in a report of policy recommendations that will be presented in Washington, DC prior to the Congressional elections.

Christine is an independent expert in the field of national and international renewable energy policy.  Besides Germany and the US, she is currently working on projects in Namibia, Kazakhstan and Mexico. Prior to starting her own consultancy in April 2009, she was the Head of the Renewable Energy Division of the German Energy Agency dena where she supported the German efforts on integrating large amounts of renewable energy into the existing energy system. 

Before joining dena she was the Program Manager for Renewable Energy and New Low GHG-emitting Energy Technologies at the Global Environment Facility in Washington DC.  There she developed renewable energy projects for developing countries and economies in transition together with the World Bank and other international organizations.

Her activities in Germany focus on the evaluation of the National Climate Change Initiative of the Federal Ministry for the Environment. Internationally, she is advising countries and stakeholders on the implementation of renewable energy and energy efficiency policies and measures. Recently, she worked on projects in the USA regarding clean energy exports from the US. She is a regular speaker at public events in the US and Canada. In Ontario, she served as an expert witness in the process leading to the Ontario Green Energy Act. She also has been advising the Secretariat of the International Renewable Energy Agency IRENA.
Christine has degrees from Bayreuth University, Germany and
Boston University, MA.

The Midwestern Green Jobs Fellowship 2010 is part of The Climate Network-Transatlantic Solutions for a Low Carbon Economy, a 2-year program by the Heinrich-Boell-Stiftung and its offices in Brussels, Prague and Washington, DC. A similar fellowship will be available in 2011 for a European climate and energy experts with a strong expertise on the Southeast of the United States. The Southeastern Green Jobs Fellowship 2011 will be selected on a competitive basis. More information on the application procedure will be announced on our web site in August 2010.

The program is supported by the European Commission. The EC is not responsible for the content of the program.