From Nuclear Phase-out to Renewable Energy in Germany: Can Natural Gas Operate as a Bridging Fuel?

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Nicolas Schneider

Centre d'Économie de la Sorbonne (CES) - Center of Economics of the Sorbonne (CES); University of Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne, Centre d'Economie de la Sorbonne (CES), Students

Date Written: December 1, 2020

Abstract

This article develops a factual analysis of the renewable energy transition in Germany. Starting
from the German decision to phase-out from nuclear power, an economic discussion is conducted on the specificities of this energy shift and its associated economic and environmental constraints. In this dynamic, natural gas is thought to play a crucial role. Less carbon intensive than other fossil resources, gas-fired plants require a relatively lower capital cost than renewable energy sources, dealing for their part with important technological and time constraints. Analysing the current public and political debate on hydrogen, it is shown that the issue of natural gas presents itself as a controversial issue, but in a concealed way. All in all, this article is thought to represent a fruitful energy communication able to bring inclusive knowledge to the reader.

Keywords: Natural gas, Germany, Renewable Energy

JEL Classification: C39; O13

Suggested Citation

Schneider, Nicolas, From Nuclear Phase-out to Renewable Energy in Germany: Can Natural Gas Operate as a Bridging Fuel? (December 1, 2020). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3827466 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3827466

Nicolas Schneider (Contact Author)

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University of Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne, Centre d'Economie de la Sorbonne (CES), Students ( email )

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France

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