30 Oct '12, 2pm

Can Germany Do the Energy Transition Alone?

The impact of energy policies does not stop at borders–Chernobyl drove that point home. And Germany is by no means trailblazing on its own while everyone else watches idly from the sidelines. The German energy system is embedded in an Europe-wide internal market and EU power grid that are regulated by Brussels. This facilitates the great German energy transformation, since the grid connections between EU neighbors function as mutual insurance to all of the countries that participate in it. At any point in time, Germany can import power from across its borders or export to a neighbor. Thus regional supply and demand are balanced between countries with different needs and supplies at different times. Germany’s energy transition is happening in an EU context with plenty of input from Brussels. While Germany is out front on many issues, it has been pushed by the EU on others, ...

Full article: http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/rea/blog/post/2012/10...

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