“Germany overhauls its flagship energy policy”
The reform of the Renewable Energy Act puts the Energiewende at a crossroads, writes political scientist and energy analyst Arne Jungjohann on environmental news website China Dialogue. “So far, citizens, communities and new investors have been the biggest drivers for the energy transition. If the caps and the switch from feed-in tariffs to auctions are implemented, large corporations will dominate the market,” writes Jungjohann, who has close links to the Green party, in a piece explaining the changes. “Slowing down renewables growth to protect old coal plants is not what the world expects from a global climate leader.”
Read the article in English here.
For background, read the CLEW factsheet EEG reform 2016 – switching to auctions for renewables.
Please note: The Clean Energy Wire is currently putting the final touches on a Dossier on the reform of the Renewable Energy Act. It will be published shortly.