News Digest Item
14 Jul 2017

France and Germany agree on holding joint renewables auctions

Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi)

France and Germany have agreed to hold joint auctions for renewable energies, the German ministry for the economy and energy (BMWi) said in a press release. The two countries also agreed to set up a cross-border experiment dubbed “Smart Border Initiative” aimed at testing the integration of renewables into decentralised grids. German economy minister Brigitte Zypries said she told her French partners that the controversial French Fessenheim nuclear plant near the German border “should be the first plant to be shut down” after France’s environment minister Nicolas Hulot last week openly pondered closing 17 nuclear plants.

Find the press release in German here.

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