German Energy Policy and Supplier Considerations

Guten Tag. Our group of FES students has been very productive here in Berlin. Several of our meetings involved ideal partners for the FES community, especially regarding climate change policy and economic planning. Yesterday, we met with the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), where we discussed the broad economic impacts of Germany’s decision to replace all nuclear power plants with renewable energy sources within the next 20 years. PIK performs a wide range of climate related study and analysis, and will hopefully become a recurring academic partner with FES. We also met with The German Institute for Economic Research (DIW), where we discussed a number of national policy initiatives related to renewable power, energy efficiency, and fossil fuel transmission systems. From an American energy planning perspective, the discussion was extremely helpful in illuminating Europe’s strategic energy planning potential.

Several other notable meeting we’ve had in Berlin included BP and Vattenfall. As you would expect, both provided a market-based discussion on energy efficiency and renewables that focused on investment potential. By and large, speaking with these huge energy players significantly enhanced our perspective on the German energy market, while also adding some balance to the policy-heavy discussions at both PIK and DIW.

In thinking about the possibility of promoting future energy-related trips to Germany for FES students, we believe that ensuring both policy and market supply discussions is a must. Just like in America, the German energy policy is a coin with two sides.

Our last stop on the trip is Hamburg, where we’ll be meeting with energy efficiency vendors and project developers. Details to follow.