By Ludger Gailing, Timothy Moss
This is the 1st ebook to discover methods of conceptualizing Germany’s ongoing strength transition. even though extensively acclaimed in coverage and study circles all over the world, the Energiewende is poorly understood by way of social technological know-how scholarship. there's an pressing have to delve past descriptive money owed of coverage implementation and contestation to be able to unpack the deeper concerns at play in what has been termed a 'grand societal transformation.' The authors technique this in 3 ways: First, they decide upon and represent conceptual methods fitted to analyzing the reordering of institutional preparations, socio-material configurations, energy family and spatial constructions of strength platforms in Germany and past. moment, they determine the price of those strategies in describing and explaining strength transitions, pinpointing their relative strengths and weaknesses and exploring components of complementarity and incompatibility. 3rd, they illustrate how those innovations should be utilized – separately and together – to counterpoint empirical study of Germany’s power transition.
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This has limited the capacity of the federal states to merely developing informal energy strategies and legislative frameworks for regional and land-use planning relating to transmission grids and wind farms. Nevertheless, they are trying to influence national energy policy by promoting the interests of their renewable energy companies (such as the powerful wind power lobbies in northern German states) or their citizens (for instance, the Bavarian policy against new high-voltage lines). The Energiewende is a national project rather than a European one: The strategy of largely ignoring the European dimension of the Energiewende is, to quote Geden and Fischer, ‘based on the German self-perception of being a leader in energy and climate policy, whose good example the other Europeans will eventually follow—either by making ambitious decisions on the EU level or by imitating at some later point in time’ (Geden and Fischer 2014).
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