The Energiewende and Germany's Industrial Policy

CIEP, November 2014
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To understand the drivers behind the German Energiewende, it is helpful to view the current energy transition from the perspective of Germany’s industrial interests. 

Government policies give preferential treatment to certain segments of the country’s industrial sector, while shielding other segments either fully or partially from unfavourable consequences. 

Past experiences suggest that current developments are part of a German tradition of approaching industrial and energy policy in some unison.