The ‘Energiewende’ in Germany: background, developments and future challenges

Beveridge, R. and Kern, K. (2013) The ‘Energiewende’ in Germany: background, developments and future challenges. Renewable Energy Law and Policy Review, 4(1), pp. 3-12.

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This article explores the background to the Energiewende in Germany and recent developments. Specifically, it examines the ongoing politics of this commitment to phase-out nuclear power, reduce fossil fuel use and ensure continued economic growth. Distinctions between the German Energiewende and energy transitions in other countries are drawn, the actions undertaken and the forms of governance and politics shaping them outlined. While Germany is a leader in renewable energy, and the broad societal consensus against nuclear power is uniquely German, political and societal conflicts of a more general nature are emerging. Other countries follow closely developments occuring in Germany and may learn from the German experience. The key objective of this article is thus to draw attention to the politics of the Energiewende in Germany and the key debates and difficult decisions emerging.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Beveridge, Dr Ross
Authors: Beveridge, R., and Kern, K.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Urban Studies
Journal Name:Renewable Energy Law and Policy Review

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