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Jorge Velásquez

on 30 June 2014

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Transcript of Energiewende

"A new German expression is making its way into the English language, joining Kindergarten and Gesundheit"
source: http://www.europeanenergyreview.eu/site/pagina.php?id=4074&print=1
main pillars

3. Produce and use fossil energy as efficient as possible
Energy consumption in the transport sector: down 40%
2. Use of renewables energies
1. Reduce energy consumption
Energy consumption in buildings by 2050: down 80%

Overall reduction: down 25%
From 12% to 60%
source: http://visual.ly/die-energiewende-deutschlands-gro%C3%9Fe-herausforderung
source: http://visual.ly/die-energiewende-deutschlands-gro%C3%9Fe-herausforderung
Development of the global energy use
Energy crisis
Efforts to reduce energy dependency
Development of renewable energies
No homogenous distribution of fossil fuel reserves
Dependent on oil and gas imports
Own coal reserves
Development of the global primary energy use
1970er Energy crisis
1973 oil crisis: Organization of Arab Petroleum Exporting Countries proclaimed an oil embargo
1979/80 uncertainties in Middle East after the war between Iran and Iraq.
-> Dramatic increase in oil price
Saving measures
Indebtedness of the government and companies: Unemployment, insolvencies
Consequences for the energy sector in Germany
Raising awareness of dependency on fossil fuel imports
Search for alternatives
Development of nuclear power stations
Development of new drive technologies and fuels
Oil and gas production in the North Sea
Energy efficiency
Renewable energies
Political framework

Main policy instruments today:
Renewable Energy Law (EEG)
Renewable Energy Heat Act (EEWärmeG)
Market Incentive Programme (MAP)
Promotion of R&D
Biofuel quote
Green party:
Foundation January 1980
focus on environmental policy
1983 first entry into the Bundestag
1998-2005: joined government
Wide social consent in the population in favor of the "Energiewende"
Germany is a pioneer in the transformation of the energy system and promoting renewable energies
Social awareness
Increased by:
Oil crisis - dependency
Risk of nuclear disasters
Climate change
Pathway of energy transition in Germany
Nuclear power in Germany
Anti-nuclear movement
Nuclear power stations
Myth: The Energiewende is driving up German grid power prices.
Fact: The main contributor of the increase in grid prices are the taxes exemptions for German companies.
Challenge: The German Renewable Energy Act will need further refinement to take into account generation from wind and photovoltaic power plants.
Myth: Large amounts of renewable power are putting Germany's grid at risk of blackouts.
Fact: Grid interruptions fell steadily since records started being kept in 2006.

Germany's grid had just 15 minutes of unplanned interruptions in 2011.
Source: http://www.bundesnetzagentur.de/SharedDocs/Pressemitteilungen/EN/2011/111117SAIDIHighQualityPowerGas.html
Challenge: The increase of renewable in the German grid is actually a problem of synchronization and planning.
Success of renewable energies
Share of renewable energies in the German energy supply
Source: BMU
Source: Global Energy Assessment, 2012
Source: BfS/Der Spiegel/Greenpeace/GFZ/dapd/dpa
Key facts
12.7 %
share of RE in final energy consumption
23.5 %
share of RE in gross electricity consumption
16.06.2013: wind and solar make
of electricity supply
Reduction of green house gas emissions,
145 million tonnes
CO2 equivalent (2012)
19.5 billion €
of investments in RE (2012)
377.800 employees
in the RE sector (2012)
Willingness to pay
Dr. Grieger & Cie. market research, 2013:
survey of 1,000 German households
30% would pay more for electricity without nuclear power, 3.11 billion €/y
30% would pay more for electricity if it is only from RE, 3.8 billion €/y

Preference for renewable energies
source: http://www.wwf.de/fileadmin/fm-wwf/Publikationen-PDF/Myths_and_facts_about_Germany_s_energy_transition.pdf
Source: BMU
Are these goals achievable?
Does this make sense?
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