Adapting energy infrastructure to climate change - Is there a need for government interventions and legal obligations within the German "energiewende"?

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The energy sector is considered a critical infrastructure. Important questions to be answered are, how climate change will affect the security of energy provision in the future. Based on an analysis of the available relevant literature the major vulnerabilities of the German energy sector are identified. Focusing on power generation and grid infrastructure we analyze whether adaptation measures, if necessary, are taken voluntarily or if governmental interventions are needed and justifiable. We show that governmental interventions are justifiable regarding measures to adapt the grid infrastructure.

Original languageEnglish
JournalEnergy Procedia
Pages (from-to)12-17
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 01.06.2015
Event9th International Renewable Energy Storage Conference - IRES 2015 - Dusseldorf, Germany
Duration: 09.03.201511.03.2015

    Research areas

  • climate change adaptation, Energiewende, energy infrastructure, environmental policy, regulation
  • Environmental Governance