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The impact of the German response to the Fukushima earthquake

Luigi Grossi (), Sven Heim and Michael Waterson

Energy Economics, 2017, vol. 66, issue C, 450-465

Abstract: The German response to the Fukushima nuclear power plant incident was possibly the most significant change of policy towards nuclear power outside Japan, leading to a sudden and very substantial shift in the underlying power generation structure in Germany, an enthusiastic leading proponent of renewable power. This provides a very useful experiment on the impact of a supply shock in the context of increasing relative generation by renewable compared to conventional fuel inputs into power production. Our quasi-experimental exploration of a modified demand-supply framework finds that despite the swift, unpredicted change in nuclear power, the main impact was a significant average increase in prices, surprisingly particularly at low residual load levels.

Keywords: Electricity markets; Energy transition; Nuclear phase-out; Renewables (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: L51 L94 Q41 Q48 Q54 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017
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