News Digest Item
19 May 2017

“SPD pushes conservative Union for nationwide alignment of grid fees”

Dow Jones

The Social Democratic Union (SPD) wants a nationwide alignment of grid fees, SPD’s energy politician and member of the Bundestag Hubertus Heil told news agency Dow Jones. The grand coalition’s (CDU/CSU, SPD) federal cabinet had introduced a draft for a grid fee reform in January without provisions to standardise fees. Former economy minister Sigmar Gabriel, also a Social Democrat, had backtracked on plans to standardise grid fees, because of the state elections in North Rhine Westphalia, where grid fees currently are lower, writes Dow Jones. Now, after the election, the Social Democrats in parliament want to put the corresponding provisions back into the draft currently debated in the Bundestag, writes Dow Jones.

Read the article in German here.

For background read the CLEW factsheet Power grid fees- Unfair and opaque?

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