chapter  4
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Speeding up: The free development of renewable energy instead of technocratic planning

Any revolution descends into farce when the time, methods and actions of the “revolutionary forces” are dictated, have to be announced in advance and advertised. The farce becomes all the greater when authorization procedures are determined by those who are anxious to stop the revolution in its tracks. And the term “revolution” is finally reduced to a paradox when used by conventional power companies who try publicly to suggest that they are organizing a revolution against their own interests. When authorizations for site locations and investments are also required to adhere to international regulations and are at the discretion of central authorities, then the ironic statement that “the revolutionaries are requested not to walk on the grass” springs to mind. The technological revolution in energy supply, in which renewables will

eventually supplant conventional energy, can only be realized through innumerable, independent and widespread initiatives, and will not succeed as the result of technocratic planning by political and economic decision-making elites who organize according to time schedules and spatial hierarchies. This is especially the case in our digital age, in which the speed at which products replace one another has increased. In his book on the changing time structures, the sociologist Hartmut Rosa describes the “fundamental difficulty” in which the simultaneous “perception of elevated goals of change on the one side” is counteracted by “subcutaneous torpor on the other”. This torpor is “particularly evident, above all in verbal communication and the immunization of systemic operational logic”. This results in “motionless motion”, a “rushing standstill”, in which “nothing can stay as it is without some key element having to change”.56