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Inequalities in Energy Transition: The Case of Network Charges in Germany

The German energy transition and the rising share of renewable energies in electricity generation have led to an increase in network costs and to higher network charges in recent years. We use socioeconomic data in order to investigate distributional effects within the period 2010-2016, and employ three different inequality metrics – the Gini coefficient, the Theil index and the Atkinson index – all of which unambiguously indicate regressive effects of network charges. Most recently, the three metrics show an increase of economic inequality of at least 0.67 % when accounting for network charges. This finding is due to 1. the relative inferiority of electricity, 2. the regressive impact of a fixed component of network charges, 3. considerable regional disparities, and 4. the higher prevalence of prosumers within high-income households.

Titel: Inequalities in Energy Transition: The Case of Network Charges in Germany
Verfasser: Schlesewsky, Lisa GND
Winter, Simon GND
Dokumenttyp: Artikel
Medientyp: Text
Erscheinungsdatum: 02.11.2018
Publikation in MIAMI: 23.05.2019
Datum der letzten Änderung: 23.05.2019
Schlagwörter: network charges; renewable energies; economic inequality
Fachgebiete: Wirtschaft
Lizenz: CC BY 4.0
Sprache: Englisch
Förderung: Finanziert durch den Open-Access-Publikationsfonds 2018 der Deutschen Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) und der Westfälischen Wilhelms-Universität Münster (WWU Münster).
Anmerkungen: International Journal of Energy Economics and Policy (IJEEP) 8 (2018) 6, 102-113
Format: PDF-Dokument
URN: urn:nbn:de:hbz:6-14199489409
Permalink: https://nbn-resolving.org/urn:nbn:de:hbz:6-14199489409
DOI: 10.32479/ijeep.6917
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