Germany is the main energy transit country in Europe. It is connected to all of its neighbouring countries via transnational networks. It even shares a common electricity market with its western neighbours. Furthermore, the European internal energy market establishes common rules for all member states. A European perspective on Germany’s Energiewende is thus imperative.
The European energy market has many advantages for Germany’s Energiewende. Compared to a purely national market, a networked power system beyond national boundaries not only saves money. European integration also improves system reliability and helps balance the fluctuating supply of electricity from wind and sun.
Coal power is on the decline, yet emissions have increased – 2016 was a year of mixed success
An annual assessment conducted by Agora Energiewende finds that despite numerous positive trends in Germany’s transition to green energy, the speed of change is not fast enough to meet the climate and efficiency targets set for 2020.
Europe: 50 percent renewable energies by 2030 possible with greater integration
By 2030 around half of all electricity in Europe should come from renewable energies in order to reach EU climate targets. This applies to Germany, France, the Benelux countries, Austria and Switzerland. Varying volumes of national wind and solar supply can be balanced out through the cross-border integration of power systems.
What needs to be done to make Europe's electricity sector ready for the 2030 challenge
Agora Energiewende’s “Power Market Pentagon“ outlines the first ever consistent proposal for the cornerstone of the future EU climate and energy package: It holistically lays out measures to create more flexible electricity markets, stabilise revenues for renewable energy sources, maintain supply security and decarbonize the electricity system
Cheap Heating Oil, Pricey Electricity: Current Levies and Surcharges Hamper Clean Energy Transition
A baseline study by Agora Energiewende has found a large energy price imbalance that favours energy harmful to the environment. Reforming the present system of levies and surcharges is the next major step in the climate friendly restructuring of the energy system.
Integration costs for renewable energy: controversial, but likely low
High shares of wind and solar power transform the entire power system and can lead to additional costs aside from building the power plants themselves. A new background paper examines these dynamics and concludes that not only the direct integration costs are low, but also the controversial indirect costs – as long as the power system becomes considerably more flexible.
Günstige Strompreise nutzen und Erneuerbare Energien besser integrieren
Agora Energiewende schlägt einen „Aktionsplan Lastmanagement“ vor. Er soll Unternehmen helfen, ihren Stromverbrauch flexibel an den Börsenstrompreisen auszurichten. Das ist für sie vorteilhaft und macht die Energiewende für alle kostengünstiger.
Energiepreise in Deutschland zum Jahreswechsel auf Fünf-Jahres-Tief
Beschleunigter Einbruch der weltweiten Ölpreise entlastet deutsche Verbraucher Ende 2015 um noch einmal fast drei Prozent / Starke Entlastung macht leichte Belastung durch den Anstieg der Strompreise Anfang 2016 wett / Preisrückgang in Deutschland stärker als anderswo
Final report on load management study published
The final version of the report entitled “Load Management as a Way of Covering Peak Demand” has now also been published in English. Its main finding is that industrial firms in the two southern German states of Baden-Württemberg and Bavaria can shift more than a gigawatt of their power demand for short periods, which would considerably help ensure the security of power supply in southern Germany.
Dialogue on Industrial Policy and the Energiewende
Smart industrial policy to support the adoption of renewables: A dialog with leading industrial companies