Frontiers in Energy

, Volume 11, Issue 2, pp 126–134 | Cite as

The German Energiewende and its roll-out of renewable energies: An economic perspective

  • Sebastian Kreuz
  • Felix Müsgens
Review Article


This paper gives a short overview of the German Energiewende, i.e. the transition of a large and mostly thermal electricity system towards electricity generation from renewable energy source. It discusses both, the motivation of the transitions as future goals and current status. Furthermore, it gives an in-depth view into the changes in economic costs for society as well as electricity price effects, especially for average private households and industrial consumers. It also discusses the benefits of the promotion of renewable energies in Germany.


electricity system renewable energy costbenefit analysis 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Electrical and Energy SystemsBrandenburg University of TechnologyCottbusGermany

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