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The German energy transition as a regime shift

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  • Strunz, Sebastian
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    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 the 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.

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    Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Ecological Economics.

    Volume (Year): 100 (2014)
    Issue (Month): C ()
    Pages: 150-158

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    Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolec:v:100:y:2014:i:c:p:150-158
    DOI: 10.1016/j.ecolecon.2014.01.019
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