From Nuclear Phase-out to Renewable Energy in Germany: Can Natural Gas Operate as a Bridging Fuel?
This article develops a factual analysis of the renewable energy transition in Germany. Starting from the German decision to phase-out from nuclear power, an economic discussion is conducted on the specificities of this energy shift and its associated economic and environmental constraints. In this dynamic, natural gas is thought to play a crucial role. Less carbon intensive than other fossil resources, gas-fired plants require a relatively lower capital cost than renewable energy sources, dealing for their part with important technological and time constraints.