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Municipalities as key actors of German renewable energy governance : an analysis of opportunities, obstacles, and multi-level influences

  • In recent years, policies to promote renewable energy have become increasingly popular among municipalities in different parts of the world. This article examines the case of Germany. It argues that municipalities, compared to other state and private actors, already have the potential to play a key role in German renewable energy governance. Although both private actors and the European Union have gained importance in the past 20 years, German municipalities still play a crucial role and can apply five distinct and important modes of governance in the field of renewable energy policy. In this regard, the notion of a general development towards a "cooperating and ensuring state", which increasingly delegates its tasks and thus becomes lessIn recent years, policies to promote renewable energy have become increasingly popular among municipalities in different parts of the world. This article examines the case of Germany. It argues that municipalities, compared to other state and private actors, already have the potential to play a key role in German renewable energy governance. Although both private actors and the European Union have gained importance in the past 20 years, German municipalities still play a crucial role and can apply five distinct and important modes of governance in the field of renewable energy policy. In this regard, the notion of a general development towards a "cooperating and ensuring state", which increasingly delegates its tasks and thus becomes less important, cannot be confirmed in the field of municipal renewable energy governance in Germany.show moreshow less

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Document Type:Working Paper
Author:Philipp Schönberger
URN (citable link):https://nbn-resolving.org/urn:nbn:de:bsz:wup4-opus-46766
Publisher:Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy
Place of Publication:Wuppertal
Year of Publication:2013
Pagenumber:39
Series Title (English):Wuppertal papers
Volume:186
Language:English
Release Date:2013/01/18
Division:Energie-, Verkehrs- und Klimapolitik
Dewey Decimal Classification:320 Politik
Licence:License LogoCreative Commons - Namensnennung-Nicht kommerziell-Keine Bearbeitung