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How to Raise Europe’s Climate Ambitions for 2030

Implementing a -55% Target in EU Policy Architecture

Year of publication: 08 / 2020

On 4 March 2020, the European Commission proposed a Climate Law setting out a legal framework to steer Europe towards the 2050 greenhouse gas-neutrality target. The Commission also announced that by September 2020 it will present a…

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Assessment of the planned compensation payments for decommissioning German lignite power plants in the context of current developments

Year of publication: 06 / 2020

The electricity industry in Germany and Europe is in a state of upheaval. Due to the developments on the international markets for natural gas and hard coal, the politically driven expansion of power generation from renewable energy…

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Analysis of power plant closure plans for Germany’s Lusatian mining district

Memo

author: Matthes, F.
Year of publication: 01 / 2020

Documents have been made public from the sales process of the lignite-fired power plants and lignite open-cast mines in the Lusatian mining district of Germany, which include detailed information on the closure of the different power…

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Impact Assessment on the Environmental, Social and Economic Effects of the 2030 Sectoral Targets in the Federal Government’s Climate Action Plan 2050

Summary

authors: Repenning, J. | Schumacher, K. | Bergmann, T. | Blanck, R. | Böttcher, H. | Bürger, V. | Cludius, J. | Cook, V. | Emele, L. | Jörß, W. | Hennenberg, K. | Hermann, H. | Loreck, C. | Ludig, S. | Matthes, F. | Nissen, C. | Scheffler, M. | Wiegmann, K. | Zell-Ziegler, C. | Fleiter, T. | Fries, B. | Sievers, L. | Pfaff, M. | Thamling, N. | Rau, D. | Hartwig, J. | Welter, S. | Lösch, O. | Wirz, A.
Year of publication: 11 / 2019

The analyses highlighted three main issues:

  • The targets set for the various sectors can be achieved by means of a range of different strategies.
  • From a macroeconomic perspective, all implementation strategies covered by the study are…

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Integrating a carbon floor price in the policy mix for Germany’s coal phase-out

Presentation on the Study conducted on behalf of WWF Germany

Year of publication: 03 / 2018

Presentation by Dr. Felix Chr. Matthes, Hauke Herman, Charlotte Loreck and Dr. Sylvie Ludig, March 19th 2018, Berlin

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Decentralization, regionalization and power lines

Metastudy about assumptions, insights and narratives for the Renewables Grid Initiative (RGI)

Year of publication: 03 / 2018

Oeko-Institut metastudy commissioned by the Renewables Grid Initiative compares current studies looking at decentralised electricity systems and grid expansion: consequences and side effects of decentralised generation are often not…

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The Vision Scenario for the European Union

2017 Update for the EU-28

authors: Matthes, F. | Blanck, R. | Greiner, B. | Zimmer, W. | Cook, V.
Year of publication: 02 / 2018

Global climate change, finite fossil and nuclear resources and the vulnerability of economies and consumers to increasing and volatile prices of fossil energies are the challenges which will determine energy and climate policies for the…

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Energy transformation in Germany - Progress, shortfalls and prospects

Statement for the 6th Roundtable of the Japanese Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) on Studying Energy Situations

author: Matthes, F.
Year of publication: 02 / 2018

This statement is structured as follows. Section 2 contains the answers to the questionnairesubmitted to the author in advance. Section 3 provides a compact assessmentof the current status of the energy transformation in Germany, which…

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Germany's Electric Future

Coal phase-out 2035

authors: Matthes, F. | Emele, L. | Hermann, H. | Loreck, C. | Peter, F. | Ziegenhagen, I. | Cook, V.
Year of publication: 10 / 2017

The planet has a limit and it shows us this forcefully. With record temperatures, melting poles, acidified seas. With dying species. Not least of all, humans are affected: every year the emissions of coal-fired power plants in Germany…

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Costs of new electricity generation plants

Memo from the Energy & Climate Division

author: Matthes, F.
Year of publication: 09 / 2017

The statement that “wind and solar power are now cheaper, like new power plants, new nuclear power plants and new gas-fired power plants”1 is a correct reference to how new power plants compare, i.e. it is a correct comparison of the…

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Renewables versus fossil fuels – comparing the costs of electricity systems

Electricity system designs for 2050 – An analysis of renewable and conventional power systems in Germany

Year of publication: 07 / 2017

The study considers four different scenarios for the power system in 2050: two scenarios based on fossil fuels (one on coal, and one on natural gas), and two scenarios for renewables-based systems that differ in their deployment of…

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The current electricity costs of energy - intensive industries in Germany

Memo

author: Matthes, F.
Year of publication: 07 / 2017

The electricity costs incurred by electricity-intensive industries feature significantly in current discussions surrounding the transformation of the energy sector in Germany. A key problem relating to these discussions is that, although…

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The Vision Scenario for the European Union

2017 Update for the EU-28

authors: Matthes, F. | Blanck, R. | Zimmer, W. | Greiner, B. | Cook, V.
Year of publication: 02 / 2017

The global framework and a CO2 emission budget for the EU as starting points

Global climate change, finite fossil and nuclear resources and the vulnerability of economies and consumers to increasing and volatile prices of fossil…

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Zukunft Stromsystem

Kohleaustieg 2035 - Vom Ziel her denken

authors: Matthes, F. | Emele, L. | Hermann, H. | Loreck, C. | Peter, F. | Ziegenhagen, I. | Cook, V.
Year of publication: 01 / 2017

Der deutsche Stromsektor ist sowohl energie- als auch klimaschutzpolitisch von herausragender Bedeutung. Der Anteil der Stromsektoremissionen an den gesamten Treibhausgasemissionen (unter Berücksichtigung der Nicht-CO2-Treibhausgase…

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The Merit Order Effect of Wind and Photovoltaic Electricity Generation in Germany 2008-2016

Estimation and Distributional Implications

Year of publication: 01 / 2014

This paper estimates the merit order effects of wind and PV between 2008-2016 and uses results to discuss redistributive implications of the German Renewable Energy Sources Act (Erneuerbare Energien Gesetz – EEG) in light of current…

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The current electricity costs of energy-intensive industries in Germany

author: Matthes, F.
Year of publication: 06 / 2013

The electricity costs incurred by energy-intensive industries feature significantly in current discussions surrounding the transformation of the energy sector in Germany. A key problem relating to these discussions is that, although…

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Repair emissions trading – rescue emissions trading!

Guest commentary for Reuters by Dr. Felix Christian Matthes

author: Matthes, F.
Year of publication: 02 / 2013

The emissions trading scheme for greenhouse gases is one of the crucial climate policy instruments in Europe. Eight years after the start of the scheme, it is in deep crisis for different reasons. In a guest commentary for the news…

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Contribution to the consultation on generation adequacy, capacity mechanisms and the internal market in electricity

authors: Matthes, F. | Hermann, H.
Year of publication: 02 / 2013

The transformation of the German and European energy systems to ones based on renewable energies requires not only new technologies with constantly low costs, but also a change of the power markets. For the integration of renewable…

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Impacts of Germany’s nuclear phase-out on electricity imports and exports

Report commissioned by Greenpeace Germany

Year of publication: 01 / 2013

Imports of nuclear power to Germany did not increase after the shutdown of eight nuclear power plants in March 2011. This is the conclusion of a report by Oeko-Institut which was commissioned by Greenpeace.

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Short analysis of the increase of the German EEG surcharge for 2013

authors: Loreck, C. | Matthes, F. | Hermann, H. | Jung, F. | Emele, L.
Year of publication: 10 / 2012

On 15 October 2012 the transmission network operators in Germany published the new EEG surcharge for the promotion of renewable energies which household customers will find on their electricity bill in 2013: it amounts to approx. 5.3…

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