News Digest Item
24 Jul 2018

Opposition FDP calls federal government’s energy policy unclear

Tagesspiegel Background

The German federal government’s uncertainty about how to achieve a 65 percent share of renewable energy by 2030 “speaks for itself,” said Sandra Weeser, head of the Free Democratic Party (FDP) faction on the federal parliament’s (Budestag) Committee on Economic Affairs and Energy, reports the Tagesspiegel Background. Her criticism follows the economy ministry’s response to her party’s inquiry on how the government defines “network synchronisation,” a term that appears in the ruling parties’ coalition agreement. In that agreement, the CDU, the CSU, and the SPD pledged to hold additional auctions for renewable energies, taking into account the capacity of the electricity networks, but these special tenders have not yet been planned. “The response of the federal government shows once again their energy policy’s lack of clarity. In the coalition agreement, the CDU/CSU and the SPD speak of the capacity of relevant networks to absorb more power as a prerequisite for special tenders without being able to define these terms at all,” Weeser said.

Find the Tagesspiegel Background article in German here (behind paywall).

For background, read the factsheet Climate, energy and transport in Germany’s coalition treaty and the dossier The new German government and the energy transition.

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