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.

The Impact of the German Response to the Fukushima Earthquake

GROSSI, Luigi;
2017-01-01

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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.
Electricity Markets
Energy Transition
Nuclear Phase-Out
Renewables
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