News Digest Item
23 Nov 2016

“Why haven’t CEE policy makers embraced the Energiewende?”

Many Central and Eastern European countries have reacted extremely sceptical to Germany’s energy transition, but they have been proven wrong, writes Jan Ondrich in a blog post on Germany’s grid remains one of the most stable in Europe, industry is still a bedrock of German economic stability, wholesale power prices have been decreasing over the last five years, and German power exports rose. “None of the nightmare scenarios feared by CEE politicians played out,” writes Ondrich. He argues low wholesale prices caused by the Energiewende will prevent the realisation of many nuclear and coal power plant projects in CEE countries, thus contributing “to a cleaner and safer fuel mix in neighbouring countries.”

Read the article in English here.

For background, read the CLEW factsheets Germany's electricity grid stable amid energy transition, and Setting the power price: the merit order effect and the dossier Energiewende effects on power prices, costs and industry.

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