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The future of the energy transition in Germany

Gawel, Eric and Lehmann, Paul and Korte, Klaas and Strunz, Sebastian and Bovet, Jana and Köck, Wolfgang and Massier, Philipp and Löschel, Andreas and Schober, Dominik and Tews, Kerstin and Schreurs, Miranda and Reeg, Matthias and Wassermann, Sandra (2014) The future of the energy transition in Germany. Energy, Sustainability and Society, 15 (4). Springer. DOI: doi:10.1186/s13705-014-0015-7 ISSN 2192-0567

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Abstract

Although the goals of the country’s energy transition (Energiewende) are widely accepted in Germany, the specific route to get there is itself a matter of great controversy. The individual measures that are part of the energy transition policy and the questions of how they interact and how they are embedded in the European context are objects of controversial scientific and public debate. Most recently, the consequences for the price of electricity have, in particular, been discussed intensely. Against this backdrop of wide-ranging criticism, the future course for promoting renewable energy will soon be set. The German Renewable Energy Sources Act (the Erneuerbare-Energien-Gesetz, EEG), which is the main instrument of energy transition policy with its feed-in tariffs, is supposed to be fundamentally revised in the course of this year. A precondition for achieving a coherent further development of the energy transition policy and for receiving the sound support of a critical public is that the long-term consequences of political decisions on a complex sociotechnical energy system be taken into account. The requirements of such a system are not satisfied by policy approaches or recommendations that target short-term effects or that are perceptions of problems extrapolated from individual sectors. On the basis of its integrated research on the energy transition, researchers from the Helmholtz Alliance Energy-Trans take a stand on current important controversial issues from the energy transformation and specify fundamental challenges to shaping a sustainable energy transition policy.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/89947/
Document Type:Article
Title:The future of the energy transition in Germany
Authors:
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthors ORCID iD
Gawel, EricUFZUNSPECIFIED
Lehmann, PaulUFZUNSPECIFIED
Korte, KlaasUFZUNSPECIFIED
Strunz, SebastianUFZUNSPECIFIED
Bovet, JanaUFZUNSPECIFIED
Köck, WolfgangUFZUNSPECIFIED
Massier, PhilippZEWUNSPECIFIED
Löschel, AndreasZEWUNSPECIFIED
Schober, DominikZEWUNSPECIFIED
Tews, KerstinFFU - FU BerlinUNSPECIFIED
Schreurs, MirandaFFU - FU BerlinUNSPECIFIED
Reeg, Matthiasmatthias.reeg (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Wassermann, SandraZIRIUS - Universität StuttgartUNSPECIFIED
Date:2014
Journal or Publication Title:Energy, Sustainability and Society
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:Yes
In SCOPUS:Yes
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
Volume:15
DOI :doi:10.1186/s13705-014-0015-7
Editors:
EditorsEmail
Narodoslawsky, MichaelGraz University of Technology
Fiedler, DagmarHelmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ, Germany
Publisher:Springer
Series Name:The Transition of Energy Systems towards Sustainability: Challenges and Lessons Learnt from the German 'Energiewende'
ISSN:2192-0567
Status:Published
Keywords:Energy transition; Sustainability; Germany; European Union; State aid; Renewable energy sources; Feed-in tariff; Federalism; Energy policy; Market design
HGF - Research field:Energy
HGF - Program:Technology, Innovation and Society
HGF - Program Themes:Renewable Energy (old)
DLR - Research area:Energy
DLR - Program:E MS - Systems analysis
DLR - Research theme (Project):E - Systems Analysis and Technology Assessment (old)
Location: Stuttgart
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Engineering Thermodynamics > Systems Analysis and Technology Assessment
Deposited By: Reeg, Dipl.-Ing. Matthias
Deposited On:08 Dec 2014 11:45
Last Modified:08 Mar 2018 18:36

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