A look at Germany’s energy transition under real-life conditions: With an integrated, decentralized system the groundwork for a 100 percent renewable supply has been laid. One municipal utility, which secures a reliable and economically viable coverage.
By Christopher Findlay
Marco Krasser doesn’t look like a revolutionary, and it’s a label that the managing director of the utility SWW Wunsiedel GmbH would probably reject. Nevertheless, a minor revolution has taken place in this rural part of southern Germany, where innovative and adaptive ideas are being implemented at a rate that has attracted international attention. It’s the micro economic manifestation of a comprehensive overhaul of the country’s energy system, and despite its size, the small town is a trailblazer when it comes to the distribution grid.