The German energy system would become more complex, unfair and expensive if the government were to introduce support models for tenant electricity, as costs avoided by tenants would have to be paid by other consumers, writes Andreas Mihm in an opinion piece in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. “The government should keep its hands off tenant power models and concentrate on the one goal: lowering CO₂ emissions,” writes Mihm.
One example of tenant power is electricity generated by solar PV panels on an apartment building and used by its tenants. Reduced surcharges, such as grid fees when the public power network is not needed, could make such solar arrays more attractive to landlords and tenants. The economy ministry (BMWi) had published an extensive study on tenant power last week.
For background read the CLEW dossier The People's Energiewende.