The European Dimension of Germany’s Energy Transition

Opportunities and Conflicts

  • Erik Gawel
  • Sebastian Strunz
  • Paul Lehmann
  • Alexandra Purkus

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Erik Gawel, Sebastian Strunz, Paul Lehmann, Alexandra Purkus
    Pages 1-7
  3. The European Climate and Energy Policy Framework

  4. Unilateralism or Cooperation and Convergence?

  5. Is There a “Dark Side” to Germany’s Energy Transition?

  6. The Energy Policy Mix from a Political Economy Perspective

  7. The Spatial Dimension of the Energy Transition

  8. The Energy Transition Beyond the Electricity Sector

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 491-491
    2. Martin Achtnicht, Kathrine von Graevenitz, Simon Koesler, Andreas Löschel, Beaumont Schoeman, Miguel Angel Tovar Reaños
      Pages 493-508
    3. Jan Lepoutre, Yannick Perez, Marc Petit
      Pages 509-525
    4. Thomas Horschig, Eric Billig, Stefan Majer, Daniela Thrän
      Pages 543-557

About this book


This book addresses the interactions between Germany’s energy transition and the EU’s energy policy framework. It seeks to analyze the manifold connections between the prospects of the proclaimed “Energy Union” and the future of Germany’s energy transition, and identifies relevant lessons for the transformation at the EU level that can be learned from the case of Germany, as a first-mover of transforming energy systems towards renewables. The various repercussions (political, economic and systemic) from the national transition are explored within the EU context as it responds to the German transition, taking into account both existing frictions and potential synergies between predominantly national sustainability policies and the EU’s push towards harmonized policies within a common market. The book’s overall aim is to identify the most critical issues, in order to avoid pitfalls and capitalize on opportunities.


Convergence Electricity Market Integration EU Climate and Energy Policy EU State Aid Law EU Commission German Energy Transition Support Policies for Renewables

Editors and affiliations

  • Erik Gawel
    • 1
  • Sebastian Strunz
    • 2
  • Paul Lehmann
    • 3
  • Alexandra Purkus
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of EconomicsHelmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZLeipzigGermany
  2. 2.Department of EconomicsHelmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZLeipzigGermany
  3. 3.Department of EconomicsHelmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZLeipzigGermany
  4. 4.Department of EconomicsHelmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZLeipzigGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Energy Energy (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-03373-6
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-03374-3
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