DB Research: Germany's energy turnaround - Challenging for municipalities and municipal utilities
Germany's energy turnaround targets objectives that far exceed its legislated, accelerated exit from nuclear power generation.
The turnaround will pave the way for municipalities and municipal utilities to enter new spheres of activity in terms of energy provision, the heating market and the transport sector. Considering the immense investment required it becomes obvious that the municipalities' and utilities' budget constraints are the biggest bottleneck for the regionally essential energy turnaround. Therefore, when decisions are made on resource allocation the crucial issue should be which measures do the most to implement the revised energy policy as a whole. In this context it has to be borne in mind that ecological, economic and social objectives are not compatible with one another per se.