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Towards a financially viable transition to sustainable energy. Efficient regulation for tomorrow's energy system

13. September 2012

 

In a nutshell, the paper urges a fundamental overhaul of the energy sector's regulatory framework based on a coherent and consistent overall design. Instead of continuing to implement new, uncoordinated individual measures, German energy policy in the immediate future should pay special attention to addressing this design issue. Three key recommendations are discussed in the position paper:

1. to coherently strengthen the EU ETS as the chief system for promoting a low-carbon energy supply in Europe and to expand it beyond the electricity sector

2. the Renewable Energy Sources Act should be replaced as soon as possible by a long-term, market-based promotion mechanism such as a quota-based support system for renewables using green electricity certificates (quota model) in order to promote more efficient integration of renewables into the energy system and to ensure more cost-effective capacity expansion.

3. the national measures implemented by Germany as part of its transition to sustainable energy should be integrated into the German and European negotiating strategy with regard to global climate protection initiatives.

Furthermore, the EU Emissions Trading Scheme should be progressively extended to include other countries across the globe through transfer and side payments to developing and newly industrialised countries under a fund-based model. This will enable sustainable success to be achieved in the global fight to combat climate change. In order to guarantee security of supply in Germany as cost-effectively as possible, it is also recommended that the existing mechanisms for adjusting power plant output in response to short-term power grid bottlenecks (redispatch) should be improved as a matter of urgency. Furthermore, over the next two to three years, the pros and cons of introducing a national capacity mechanism should be carefully assessed.

 

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