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On the Progress in Flexibility and Grid Charges in Light of the Energy Transition : The Case of Germany

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Hanny, Lisa ; Wagner, Jonathan ; Buhl, Hans Ulrich ; Heffron, Raphael ; Körner, Marc-Fabian ; Schöpf, Michael ; Weibelzahl, Martin:
On the Progress in Flexibility and Grid Charges in Light of the Energy Transition : The Case of Germany.
In: Energy Policy. Vol. 165 (June 2022) . - No. 112882.
ISSN 0301-4215
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.enpol.2022.112882

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Projektgruppe WI Nachhaltiges Energiemanagement & MobilitätNo information

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In the course of the energy transition, flexibility on the demand side is crucial to balance intermittent supply from
renewable energy sources. In Germany, however, a large part of the demand side flexibility potential remains
unused, especially due to an outdated and inappropriate grid charges regulation. In this respect, policymakers
have failed to align their regulatory instruments, e.g., grid charges, to the flexibility requirements of the energy
transition. Moreover, regulatory and planning uncertainties regarding the long-term vision for future electricity
systems inhibit flexibility investments – marking another policy failure. Although the above issues are known to
policymakers for quite some time, too little has been done to further develop corresponding regulation. This
policy inaction results from a decision-making dilemma, in which policymakers did not reach a solution that
benefits all stakeholders involved in the grid charges debate (e.g., energy-intensive and less energy-intensive
electricity consumers). Solving the policy failure in the form of a revised and future-proof grid charges regula-
tion will, however, increase the prospect of a just outcome for society and, more specifically, recognition and
cosmopolitan justice. In this paper, we outline how grid charges inhibit demand side flexibility in Germany and
which policy failures have ultimately contributed to stuck political decision-making. We further provide concrete
suggestions of how existing policy failures may be corrected in order to ensure a successful energy transition as a
policy guide for Germany and other countries all around the world.

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Item Type: Article in a journal
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Renewable Energy Sources; Grid Charges; Energy Policy; Flexibility; Energy-intensive Industry
Institutions of the University: Faculties > Faculty of Law, Business and Economics > Department of Business Administration
Faculties > Faculty of Law, Business and Economics > Department of Business Administration > Chair Business Administration XVII - Information Systems and Value-Based Business Process Management
Faculties > Faculty of Law, Business and Economics > Department of Business Administration > Chair Business Administration XVII - Information Systems and Value-Based Business Process Management > Chair Information Systems and Value-Based Business Process Management - Univ.-Prof. Dr. Maximilian Röglinger
Research Institutions
Research Institutions > Affiliated Institutes
Research Institutions > Affiliated Institutes > Fraunhofer Project Group Business and Information Systems Engineering
Research Institutions > Affiliated Institutes > FIM Research Center Finance & Information Management
Result of work at the UBT: Yes
DDC Subjects: 000 Computer Science, information, general works > 004 Computer science
300 Social sciences > 330 Economics
Date Deposited: 10 May 2022 07:29
Last Modified: 10 May 2022 07:48
URI: https://eref.uni-bayreuth.de/id/eprint/69561