Germany’s Energiewende off-target in many areas – head of monitoring commission
Germany’s energy transition not only misses 2020 climate targets but fails on many other accounts too, according to the head of an expert commission tasked with monitoring the Energiewende’s progress. “Efficiency is a particular problem,” economist Andreas Löschel told Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. The development of the power grid remained below target, while power prices, electricity consumption, and emissions were too high, thus pushing the corresponding indicators “in the red”, said Löschel. Only the renewables roll-out and power supply security remain on target.
The government appointed four independent energy and economics academics to assess the progress of the Energiewende in a yearly monitoring report. The latest report is overdue. It will likely be published once a new government is sworn in, the economy ministry told the Clean Energy Wire.
For background, read the CLEW article Experts call for CO2 price to retain Energiewende’s credibility, on the previous monitoring report published in December 2016.