The challenges for energy supply in the future are clearly defined: security of supply, climate protection, economic viability and affordable energy costs. The key for a sustainable energy system are measures to increase energy efficiency in all areas: consumption, distribution, storage, transport and generation. A radical reorganisation process has been initiated in Germany through the target to expand power generation from (fluctuating) renewable energies, and the decision in summer 2011 to phase out the use of nuclear power by 2022.
What is needed is first and foremost a forward-looking optimisation strategy, which makes full use of the existing economically viable potential energy efficiencies on the demand side and steps up the pace of expansion of renewable energies. A strategy which exploits potential for increasing the flexibility of our energy supply by making efficient use of storage technologies and load management strategies, and at the same time efficiently links up both decentralised and centralised power generation technologies.
System optimisation begins on the demand side
dena is supporting the energy revolution in Germany with ideas, information and network processes. It is working jointly with partners from politics, public administration and business to develop solutions and strategies for intelligent energy systems that are fit for the future, which ensure a sustainable and reliable energy supply. This involves moderating multi-stakeholder processes, political and strategic consultancy, drawing up expert reports and studies on the energy sector, as well as implementing dialogue platforms and providing targeted information to stakeholders and the public in national campaigns.