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The German energy transition as a regime shift

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Strunz, Sebastian

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Corporate Editor Helmholtz-Zentrum für Umweltforschung - UFZ
Abstract In this paper, I use the resilience framework to interpret the project of transforming the German energy system into a renewable energy sources (RES)-based system, the so-called Energiewende, as a regime shift. This regime shift comprises several transformations, which are currently altering the technological, political and economic system structure. To build my argument, I first sketch how technological, political and economic developments reduced the resilience of the conventional fossil-nuclear energy regime and created a new RES-regime. Second, I depict recent changes in German public discourse and energy policy as the shift to the RES-regime. Third, I highlight challenges involved with increasing the resilience of the RES-regime. In particular, sufficient resilience of the electricity transmission grid appears to be crucial for facilitating the transformation of the whole energy system.
Keywords renewable energy; energy production; energy policy; structural change; electricity; energy supply; Federal Republic of Germany
Classification Special areas of Departmental Policy; Ecology, Environment
Free Keywords energy system; energy transition; regime shift; resilience
Document language English
Publication Year 2013
City Leipzig
Page/Pages 18 p.
Series UFZ Discussion Papers, 10/2013
ISSN 1436-140X
Status Published Version
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike