Energy futures from the social market economy to the Energiewende: The politicization of West German energy debates, 1950-1990

Abstract : The chapter tells the story of energy transformation (Energiewende) scenarios in West Germany. Based on abandonment of nuclear energy and its replacement by energy savings and renewable energy sources, as well as transformation of energy systems from centralized to decentralized production, transition scenarios profoundly influenced and transformed the German energy debate, while at the same time losing some of their more radical implications in the process of institutionalization in official expertise. By retracing this history, the chapter shows how energy forecasting in postwar Germany was embedded in political struggles over energy and economic policy, and how the use of scenarios by the environmental movement led to a politicization and pluralization of energy futures.
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Stefan Cihan Aykut. Energy futures from the social market economy to the Energiewende: The politicization of West German energy debates, 1950-1990. Jenny Andersson; Egle Rindzevičiūtė. Forging the Future, Routledge, pp.63-91, 2015. ⟨hal-01276134⟩

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