December 16, 2011
In 10 years Germany will have to do without nuclear power, which contributed 20 per cent to German electricity supply in 2010. Will Germany replace nuclear power essentially through coal and gas; or will it be able to make a big leap forward towards renewables and higher energy efficiency?
Six months after the German parliament decided to quit nuclear energy the debate on how to face the challenge of living without it is getting more intensive.
Whatever the differences on details of the implementation, four key parameters are no longer controversial:
Germany needs to lower its electricity consumption projections.
This requires investing much more in efficiency, above all by discouraging consumers to use electricity at peak hours. To this end, the country has to allow electricity rates fluctuating according to supply and demand and to invest massively in intelligent transmission and metering systems.
In addition, Germany needs to boost the thermal renovation of its buildings, […]