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California top advisor: Consumers will drive shift to renewables

Denmark's achievements in renewable energy are very impressive, not least of all considering how much has been accomplished without comprising economic growth. However, Denmark can sill learn something from California, says the state governor's energy advisor.

Photo: Ken Lund

Roles reversed when Angelina Geliteva traveled to Copenhagen from California in mid-May share her experiences concerning climate change mitigation and adoption of renewables. Normally, there is a guarantee of less sunlight and lower temperatures when traveling from LA to Northern Europe, but Geliteva happened to travel from an usually overcast California to Denmark during a minor heat wave.

California, the world's seventh-largest economy, and Denmark have reversed roles in several ways during the last decade. Denmark was the world's leader ten years ago in transitioning to green energy, whereas California was marked by high levels of CO2 emissions and an antiquated power grid. Today, Denmark is still a considerable player within renewable energy, but its leading position has to a high degree been matched by a number of other nations as well as by California – the most populous US state and its largest economy.

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