Policy & Regulation

Germany’s energy transition and its gas outlook

German gas demand has been on the rise in recent years, but mid-term growth in the market will need the support of government policies German gas demand has been on the rise in recent years, but mid-term growth in the market will need the support of government policies.
By Catriona Scott 23 April 2018 0 30504
Lippendorf lignite-fired power plant, Saxony, Germany. Further declines in coal-fired power generation are anticipated this year. (Vattenfall)

Germany’s energy transition is facing challenges. Early investment in renewables and the push for change in the country’s energy mix has resulted in high electricity prices. Yet the country – seen as a leader in the fight against climate change – will miss its nationally set emission reduction targets for 2020, and even its 2030 targets are in question. Germany has a clear plan to phase out nuclear and coal-fired power generation is set to be reduced. This will substantially change the country’s power generation...