Climate change is expected to continue and its consequences may affect many services of general interest, among them the supply of energy. A survey of municipal administrations in Germany shows that little prominence is being given to the negative effects of climate change on local energy supply. On the contrary, a majority of local authorities expect to profit indirectly from climate change. For example, they are continuing to push ahead with the expansion of renewable energies as a matter of climate policy. The danger here is that climate adaptation policy in the energy sector will be neglected. A further risk is the development of an energy supply structure which is geographically uncoordinated and increasingly dominated by the public sector.

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