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Germany's Energy Transition Experiment: A Case Study about Guiding Decisions and Steering Large Socio-Technical Systems in Desired Directions

Abstract The Energiewende aims to drastically reduce Germany’s greenhouse gas emissions, without relying on nuclear power, while maintaining a secure and affordable energy supply. Since 2000 the country’s renewable-energy share has increased exponentially, accounting in 2017 for over a third of Germany's gross electricity consumption. This unprecedented achievement is the result of policies, tools, and institutional arrangements intended to steer society to a low-carbon economy. Despite its resounding success in renewable-energy deployment, the Energiewende is not on track to meet its decarbonization goals. Energiewende rules and regulations have generated numerous undesired consequences, and have cost much more than anticipated, a burden borne ... (more)
Created Date 2018
Contributor Sturm, Christine (Author) / Sarewitz, Daniel (Advisor) / Miller, Clark (Committee member) / Anderies, John (Committee member) / Hirt, Paul (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Alternative energy / Public policy / Sustainability / Energiewende / Energy Transitions / Innovation Policy / Institutional Analysis / Large Socio-Technical Systems / Renewable Energy
Type Doctoral Dissertation
Extent 360 pages
Language English
Reuse Permissions All Rights Reserved
Note Doctoral Dissertation Sustainability 2018
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
Additional Formats MODS / OAI Dublin Core / RIS

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