On the Alleged Need to Strictly “Europeanize” the German Energiewende

  • Sebastian StrunzEmail author
  • Erik Gawel
  • Paul Lehmann


Germany has embarked on an ambitious project to transform its energy system until 2050—the so-called Energiewende. Some critics contend that the Energiewende imposes unnecessary and avoidable welfare losses due to a lack of integration within the EU. In contrast, these critiques largely miss the point because the asserted lack of integration cannot be pinned on the Energiewende and the welfare consequences of EU-wide integration are less clear than the critiques imply.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of EconomicsHelmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZLeipzigGermany
  2. 2.Institute for Infrastructure and Resources ManagementLeipzig UniversityLeipzigGermany

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