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Who's Who in Environmental Science

Rudolf Rechsteiner


Dr. Rudolph Rechsteiner is an economist, university lecturer, parliamentarian, author and activist for renewable energy. He is one of the most respected Swiss advocates for a sustainable energy future.

    • Nationality
    • Swiss

    • Subject
    • Renewable Energy

    • Fields
    • Energy

    • Positions
    • Owner of the re-solution.ch consultancy.

    • Associations
    • Swiss Social-Democratic Party (SP)
      Lecturer in Renewable Energies at the ETH Zurich (Dep. Umweltsystemwissenschaften), and Basel University
      Greenpeace, Federal parliament (1995-2010)
      Basel Council (SP) - current.
      President of ADEV Energy Group (http://www.adev.ch), an Independent Power Producer Cooperative, founded in 1985

    • Publications
    • Many reports, articles and books. A list can be seen at: http://www.rechsteiner-basel.ch/Publikationen.5.0.html

    • Theories/Experiments
    • Renewable Energy can replace fossil fuel and nuclear power in Switzerland, and can be economically viable.

    • Website
    • http://www.re-solution.ch

    Rudolf Rechsteiner is the president of ADEV Energy Group (http://www.adev.ch), an Independent Power Producer Cooperative, founded in 1985, with solar, hydro, wind and combined heat and power plants organized in public companies.
    Rudolf Rechsteiner is a member of the Board of the state-owned electricity, water, heat and gas company of Basel (Industrielle Werke Basel www.iwb.ch), serving some 200’000 people and the Chemical Industry. IWB works mainly with hydro power, some wind and solar and CHP electricity. Rudolf Rechsteiner in his home-town Parliament introduced a budget-neutral electricity incentive tax of some 3 €C. per kWh on state level in 1998 as an incentive for energy efficiency.
    On the national level he was intensely engaged in the new law for feed-in tariffs and an open electricity market in Switzerland, a model similar to the German Erneuerbare-Energien-Gesetz.
    Since 1975 Rechsteiner is engaged in the anti nuclear power movement. He is president of Nordwestschweizer Aktionskomitee gegen Atomkraftwerke (www.nwa-schweiz.ch) that successfully enacted a 10-years stop for new nuclear power plants in 1990.
    In early 2003 he published the book „Grün gewinnt – Die letzte Ölkrise und danach” (Green wins – the last oil crisis and after http://www.rechsteinerbasel.ch/uploads/media/gruen_gewinnt_gesamtes_buch_01.pdf ) where he showed depletion curves on oil and gas of many world areas. It was expected that wind energy, geothermal and solar power will grow exponentially and will be able to deliver bulk power for all electricity and energy cv englisch lela doss 0901, Druckdat:07.01.09 17:38, Seite 2/3 needs cost-effectively by 2020 at latest, in combination with new storage and regional capacity management.
    Rudolf Rechsteiner is pushing a Renewable-only Vision politically and has proposed a stronger integration of Swiss hydro storage within the European electricity market.
    Rudolf Rechsteiner is a strong critic of the International Energy Agency and its misleading pro-oil and pro-nuclear standing.
    Rudolf Rechsteiner has some professional experience with hydro power and thinks that existing hydro power storage is crucial for wind energy and renewable energy capacity management. He is convinced that within a good legal framework electricity from renewables will develop as a least cost strategy in economic as well as in ecological terms, probably within less than two decades only.
    Additionally there is vast potential of untapped efficiency. These technologies can offset the depletion of oil and gas world wide.