06 Oct 2021, 14:11
Edgar Meza

German renewables industry with "high expectations" for next government

Clean Energy Wire

Renewable energy industry groups have laid out a series of proposals for the incoming federal government to accelerate the expansion of green power sources. "From an energy and climate policy perspective, expectations are now high to advance ambitious measures for accelerated climate action based on renewable energies," said the German Renewable Energy Federation (BEE) with a view to the next government. In a paper, BEE presented a list of measures for the government’s first 100 days, including aligning the expansion of renewable energies with the new climate targets; making sufficient land available for renewables expansion; adapting “market-based instruments” to reduce CO2 emissions; and removing barriers to investment and market development. Separately, the Association of Energy Market Innovators (BNE) published a 35-point plan to expand photovoltaics and power purchase agreements (PPAs) to enable subsidy-free solar installations. “The expansion of photovoltaics on a clearly double-digit gigawatt scale per year is possible and essential for a successful energy transition,” the BNE states.

The German Solar Association (BSW Solar) also recently called for a “rapid dismantling of market barriers” in view of the ongoing slump in the commercial rooftop photovoltaic segment. All parties that could theoretically be part of the next government had made renewables expansion a key energy policy issue in their election campaigns.

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