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DOI 10.1186/s13705-014-0015-7
Title (Primary) The future of the energy transition in Germany
Author Gawel, E.; Lehmann, P.; Korte, K. ORCID logo ; Strunz, S.; Bovet, J.; Köck, W.; Massier, P.; Löschel, A.; Schober, D.; Ohlhorst, D.; Tews, K.; Schreurs, M.; Reeg, M.; Wassermann, S.
Source Titel Energy, Sustainability and Society
Year 2014
Department OEKON; UPR
Volume 4
Page From art. 15
Language englisch
Keywords Energy transition; Sustainability; Germany; European Union; State aid; Renewable energy sources; Feed-in tariff; Federalism; Energy policy; Market design
UFZ wide themes RU6;
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
Renewable Energy Sources Act (the Erneuerbare-Energien-Gesetz,
EEG), 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.
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Gawel, E., Lehmann, P., Korte, K., Strunz, S., Bovet, J., Köck, W., Massier, P., Löschel, A., Schober, D., Ohlhorst, D., Tews, K., Schreurs, M., Reeg, M., Wassermann, S. (2014):
The future of the energy transition in Germany
Energy Sustain. Soc. 4 , art. 15 10.1186/s13705-014-0015-7