Community Energy in Germany: From Technology Pioneers to Professionalisation under Uncertainty

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Germany probably has one of the largest community energy sectors in Europe and worldwide. The national government has not (yet) used the Clean Energy Package as a window of opportunity, as in other countries with less strong community energy heritage, to foster or revitalise Germany’s stagnating community energy sector—despite or because of being a community energy front-runner. The author emphasises institutional fit, path dependence, and existing actors and motivations to explain such a “law of the disadvantageous lead”. On the other hand, he highlights questions of timing, sub-national and multilevel policy dynamics and the dominating narrative as explanations for this finding. Overall, changes in energy policy leave German community energy companies in a struggle to find new business models and to professionalise.
Titel in ÜbersetzungBürgerenergie in Deutschland: Von Technologiepionieren zur Professionalisierung unter Unsicherheit
TitelRenewable Energy Communities and the Low Carbon Energy Transition in Europe
HerausgeberFrans H.J.M. Coenen, Thomas Hoppe
Anzahl der Seiten34
VerlagPalgrave Macmillan
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-84439-4
ISBN (elektronisch)978-3-030-84440-0
PublikationsstatusErschienen - 2021

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