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€1.68 — Price Of Ticket To Film About Germany’s Renewable Energy Revolution (Free Here)

Update: An error was made regarding what the €1.68 represents. That has now been corrected. I’ve also added the time at which our writer’s animations are included in the film.

eeg film ticketI know — that was a bit of an ambiguous title. €1.68 cents, as a very small number of you may know, is the increase of the renewable energy surcharge that was implemented at the beginning of this year. Germany’s Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG) to ratepayers (those not exempted from the surcharge, that is). As such, the creator of a new film about Germany’s renewable energy revolution thought it would be a good idea to make that the ticket prices to screenings he’s holding in cities around the country.

I thought that was clever, and a great way to communicate just how cheap Energiewende is. However, there are several additional things about this film that are very interesting.

For one, this film is actually being shared freely. You can actually watch it on this page — the YouTube video is embedded under this article. Or you can download it via the creator’s webpage. (Note: the film is in German. Let’s hope an English version of it is created soon.)

Another interesting note is that the film’s creator, German TV journalist Frank Farenski, is actually attending most of the screenings, often getting members of parliament and town mayors to also attend, and including location-specific information related to the Energiewende at these events.

Our excellent German writer, Thomas Gerke, passed the movie on to me, and he noted that some of his animations (which he has published on CleanTechnica over the past year or two) are actually used in the movie (starting at 00:16:30).

Thomas also provided a quick summary of the movie (which, by the way, is titled, Leben mit der Energiewende). Thomas says that the movie is about: “how government & some media try to stop it, how much bullshit is out there, how regular people make a difference.”

If you happen to speak German and be in or soon visiting solar-leading Germany, here’s a list of upcoming screenings. And here’s the film’s homepage. And, as promised, here’s the film:

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