Analysis of German Energy Policy from Brandenburg’s Perspective

Cooperation and Funding: Brandenburg Department of State

The integration of electricity from RES becomes increasingly difficult: Historically, a fluctuating demand was balanced by flexible thermal power plants on the supply side. Today, increasing generation from intermittent RES increases inflexibility on the supply side and thus affects security of supply. Moreover, an (unexpectedly) high amount of electricity feed-in from RES decreased profitability of thermal power stations significantly. To sustain their feasibility, mechanisms for capacity remuneration are discussed. The chair of energy economics supports the federal state of Brandenburg in developing positions concerning these and other topics in the context of the “Energiewende”. The activities comprise the organization and moderation of an expert panel as well as energy economic evaluations of different subsidy schemes and other market design issues. The project is a sequel of another project and thus continues a successful cooperation.