On 3 April 2014 Dr. Marco Nicolosi will give a talk on “Does the Energiewende need capacity mechanisms – or are there alternatives?” at the Energy Policy Breakfast. The event takes place in the Paul-Löbe-House of the German Bundestag and is organized by Energiedialog 2050 e.V. for invited guests. In the current debate on the security of the German power supply system various approaches to safeguarding supply are discussed. The focus is on whether the Energy Only Market needs to be complemented with capacity mechanisms or a Strategic Reserve in order to provide generating capacities for scarcity situations.