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Defining, identifying and combating energy poverty - A challenge for the socially compatible design of the energy transition: proposal for a problem definition and discussion of the measures portfolio


The discussion about the German energy transition is currently dominated by a debate about the affordability of costs. "Energy poverty" is introduced into the discourse by various actors as a buzzword. But neither does a consensual definition of the terms exist in Germany, nor is there any political consensus as to whether such a need exists at all. The aim of this study is to make a contribution to the objectification of the discussion and to transform "energy poverty" from a political battle concept into an action-defining definition, which reveals starting points for a distribution-friendly policy of the energy turnaround.