News Digest Item
12 Jan 2017

Government lacks overview of Energiewende costs - auditors

Federal Court of Auditors

Germany’s Federal Court of Auditors has criticised the government for lacking overview of the costs of the energy transition. The economics ministry “has no overview of the financial consequences of the Energiewende,” says the evaluation for the budget committee of Germany’s federal parliament, the Bundestag. The report was seen by the Clean Energy Wire, and is purely advisory in character. The court objects that “fundamental questions” such as “how much will the energy transition cost the state” remain unanswered, and warns that the project’s costs might spiral out of control.
The independent Federal Court of Auditors is charged with the external examination of the German budget.

Please note: The Clean Energy Wire will publish a longer article on the auditors’ report later today.

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