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Shutting Down the Nuclear Power Plants: Electricity Supply in Germany Remains Secure – Dismantling and Disposal Pose Major Challenges

DIW Berlin’s energy experts argue for a public-law nuclear fund – nuclear power plant operators’ provisions for dismantling and atomic waste disposal are not enough Even by the end of 2022, after the very last German nuclear power plant has been removed from the grid, the lights in this country will not go out: The electricity supply remains secure, as DIW Berlin’s calculations ...

05.06.2015
Interview

"Public Service Fund Could Ensure Access to the Provisions of Nuclear Power Plant Operators." Six Questions to Claudia Kemfert

Ms. Kemfert, the commercial use of nuclear power in Germany is scheduled to be eliminated by 2022. Will the power supply still be reliable after the shutdown of the nuclear power plants?Yes, the power supply will still be reliable after shutdown of the nuclear power plants. In fact we currently have an electricity supply surplus, and even after the impending shutdown of Grafenrheinfeld’s nuclear ...

05.06.2015
Interview

"Electric Mobility Should Be Linked to an Additional Expansion of Renewables." Six Questions to Wolf-Peter Schill

The interview with Wolf-Peter Schill is published in DIW Economic Bulletin 17/2015. It is available for Download as pdf-document. More issues of DIW Economic Bulletin

22.04.2015
Press Release

Electric Mobility in Germany: Carbon Emissions Depend on Charging Power - Emissions Reduction Would Require Additional Expansion of Renewables

Joint press release from the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin) and the Institute for Applied Ecology (Öko-Institut) Even if the use of electric road vehicles (EVs) were to increase significantly, the total annual power consumption of EV fleets would be small compared to overall power demand. However, uncontrolled charging, which involves the vehicle being fully recharged as ...

22.04.2015
Report

Junior Researcher from DIW awarded the Young Scientist "Best Paper Award"

Dipl.-Ing. Roman Mendelevitch, Research Associate and PhD student at the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin), and Dipl.-Ing. Pao-Yu Oei, Reseach Associate at Technische Universität Berlin and Visiting Reseacher at DIW Berlin, were awarded the Young Scientist "Best Paper Award" at the 9. Internationale Energiewirtschaftstagung (IEWT), in Vienna, for their contribution: "Consequences ...

05.03.2015
Press Release

Power Storage Can Secure Energy Transition in the Long Term

The power-generation capacities of wind and photovoltaic plants vary according to the weather, time of day, and season. The expansion of renewable energy sources means there is a growing need to offset these fluctuations and bring power supply into line with demand at all times. Power storage can contribute to this and thus safeguard the energy transition in the longer term. An analysis conducted by ...

04.03.2015
Interview

"Continued and Broad-Based Support for Research and Development of Power Storage Needed". Seven Questions to Wolf-Peter Schill

The Interview with Wolf-Peter Schill is published in DIW Economic Bulletin 10/2015. It is available for Download as pdf document More issues of DIW Economic Bulletin

04.03.2015
Press Release

New Approaches to Power Grid Planning

Future plans to expand the German electricity transmission grid will be based on scenarios which specifically include the federal government’s climate targets for the electricity sector. These are the findings of Christian von Hirschhausen and Claudia Kemfert, energy experts at the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin), one of the leading economic research institutions in Germany, ...

04.02.2015
Interview

"New Scenario Framework with CO2 Emission Reduction Targets and Less Lignite." Five Questions to Christian von Hirschhausen

The Interview with Prof. Dr. Christian von Hirschhausen is published in DIW Economic Bulletin 6/2015. It is available for Download as pdf document. More issues of DIW Economic Bulletin

04.02.2015
Report

DIW researcher Prof. Juan Rosellón appointed to directing board in the Mexican energy sector

Prof. Juan Rosellón, researcher at DIW Berlin (Dept. Energy, Transportation, Environment), was recently appointed by the Mexican president to the directing board of the newly created independent Mexican electricity system operator. Mexico has engaged in a fundamental reform of its energy sector, in particular the electricity market. One major focus is the development of a new electricity competitive ...

27.01.2015
Report

DIW Research Professor Dr. Steven A. Gabriel wins a Humboldt Research Award

Prof. Dr. Steven A. Gabriel, Research Fellow at the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin), was awarded the prestigious Humboldt Research Award by the Alexander Humboldt Foundation in late 2014. Prof. Gabriel is Full Professor for Operations Research at the University of Maryland (USA) and has been a Research Professor at DIW Berlin since 2008. He is a well-known expert in the field of ...

27.11.2014
Press Release

Renewable Energy: Bavaria, Baden-Württemberg, and Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania Front-Runners Among German Länder

Germany's energy transition envisages a shift toward energy being supplied primarily from renewable sources. The expansion of renewables is largely determined by central government policy but the German Länder also play a major role and could consequently make a significant contribution toward a successful energy transition. DIW Berlin recently conducted its fourth renewable energy ranking of ...

26.11.2014
Press Release

Reduction in Coal Power Generation Could Help Germany Meet Climate Targets

According to the climate target set by the German government for 2020, greenhouse gas emissions are to be reduced by 40 percent compared to 1990 levels. However, current projections indicate that this target will only be achieved if further measures are implemented. The power sector has an important role to play here, around 85 percent of its emissions are produced by lignite and hard-coal power plants. ...

19.11.2014
Report

Team RESOURCES on annual research visit in Norway

Two members of the RESOURCES team, Dr. Franziska Holz und Dr. Daniel Huppmann, paid their annual research visit to the cooperation partner in Trondheim (Norway). Together with Dr. Ruud Egging, Associate Professor at NTNU and Research Affiliate at DIW Berlin, the researchers of the research group resource markets have developed several numerical equilibrium models of international energy markets. The ...

30.09.2014
Economic Bulletin

Coal Power Endangers Climate Targets: Calls for Urgent Action

by Pao-Yu Oei, Claudia Kemfert, Felix Reitz, Christian von Hirschhausen in: DIW Economic Bulletin 8/2014Coal-fired power stations are responsible for around a third of Germany’s carbon emissions. Failure to reduce the persistently high level of coal-fired power generation threatens Germany’s climate targets for 2020 and 2050 and undermines a sustainable energy transition. Calculations ...

15.08.2014
Economic Bulletin

European Energy and Climate Policy Requires Ambitious Targets for 2030

by Claudia Kemfert, Christian von Hirschhausen, Casimir Lorenz in: DIW Economic Bulletin 8/2014In January 2014, the European Commission proposed a framework for its climate and energy policy up to 2030. It includes targets for reducing greenhouse gases and using renewable energies, but no specific targets for increasing energy efficiency. By 2030, greenhouse gas emissions are to be reduced by 40 percent ...

15.08.2014
Economic Bulletin

Europe Needs To Further Diversify Its Gas Imports: Seven Questions to Claudia Kemfert

Europe Needs To Further Diversify Its Gas Imports: Seven Questions to Claudia Kemfert

15.08.2014
Economic Bulletin

European Natural Gas Supply Secure Despite Political Crises

by Hella Engerer, Franziska Holz, Philipp M. Richter, Christian von Hirschhausen, Claudia Kemfert in: DIW Economic Bulletin 8/2014Natural gas makes a major contribution to European energy supply. Consequently, the political crisis between Russia and Ukraine increases fears of the consequences of Russia suspending natural gas supplies to Ukraine and the European Union. The last time this occurred was ...

15.08.2014
Report

Successful project workshop "RESOURCES"

On July 8, 2014 the team of the research project "RESOURCES - Resource Markets under Climate Constraints" together with participants of the project "Green Paradox" of PIK and ifo Institute organized a workshop on the topic "Modeling advances of resource markets in times of the fossil renaissance". Both projects are supported by the BMBF program "Economics of Climate ...

10.07.2014
Press Release

Growing Out of the Crisis: DIW Berlin Proposes European Investment Fund

An investment fund should temporarily improve the capital stock of small and medium-sized enterprises as part of a comprehensive agenda - In the euro area, there is an annual investment gap of approximately two percent of GDP or 180 billion euros - Many sectors both in the manufacturing and service industries are showing signs of a significant lack of investment, especially the energy sectorThe German ...

03.07.2014
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