The Challenges of Germany's "Energiewende"

October 12, 2012 - 11:30am
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Since 2011, Germany's "Energiewende" has been a major national policy guiding the federal as well as state governments. The envisioned transition of Germany's energy system is three-fold: 1) Germany completely phases out nuclear power by 2022; 2) the country increases the share of renewables to 35% of electricity production by 2020; and 3) Germany increases energy efficiency by 20% (relative to 2008) during the same time.   The national and local commitments to the "Energiewende" were made in 2011, in the aftermath of the melt-down of the nuclear power plant in Fukushima, Japan. German policy-makers are now facing the challenge of implementing these commitments while facing questions from their constituents, from industry, lobbying groups as well as from international partners.  How can the ambitious goals of the "Energiewende" be achieved and what are the likely effects of the envisioned transformation? What are the implications for European and international partners? The talk gives an overview of German and EU energy policy, discusses future challenges and outlines the public debate on the "Energiewende."   A recording of this seminar is available at:

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