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Assessing the Energiewende

by Thomas Cunningham, Annika Hedberg, Syed Nazakat, Lixia Yao

An International Expert Review

In view of the enormous challenges of the “Energiewende”, every new German government must ask itself the following question: How can we reconcile our long-term goal with the need to ensure a reliable, cost-effective and resource-saving energy supply also in the short to medium term? What’s more, with its “Energiewende”, Germany aspires to play an international leading role – from political, economic, ecological, social, technological, geo-strategic and security policy points of view. Against this backdrop, four international experts analyze the progress made so far and make recommendations.

Key Points

  • The rapid expansion of renewable energies in the area of electricity can be seen as a partial success of the Energiewende so far, but at a very high cost through high electricity prices.
  • The urgently needed expansion and conversion of the power grid continues to be too slow and must be accelerated through appropriate legislation.
  • The European context of the Energiewende, in view of its central importance, must be given much more attention in the future.
  • From an international perspective, the Energiewende is not yet perceived as a model for other countries, but does offer valuable experience and knowledge.
  • If its further implementation is successful, the Energiewende could be inspirational to other countries and become a model for success.

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Editor

Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung e.V.

erscheinungsort

Berlin Deutschland