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Economic Impacts of Renewable Energy Production in Germany

Christoph Böhringer, Florian Landis, and Miguel Angel Tovar Reaños
Authors registered in the RePEc Author Service: Christoph Böhringer and Miguel Angel Tovar Reanos ()

The Energy Journal, 2017, vol. Volume 38, issue KAPSARC Special Issue

Abstract: Over the last decade Germany has boosted renewable energy in power production by means of massive subsidies. The flip side are very high electricity prices which raise concerns that the transition cost towards a renewable energy system will be mainly borne by poor households. In this paper, we combine computable general equilibrium and microsimulation analyses to investigate the economic impacts of Germany's renewable energy promotion. We find that the regressive effects of renewable energy promotion could be attenuated by alternative subsidy financing mechanisms.

JEL-codes: F0 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017
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