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04 Sep 2018

State economy minister calls for CO₂ tax on oil and gas

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Andreas Pinkwart, economy minister of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW), Germany’s most populous state and home to one of three German lignite mining regions, has called for a CO₂ tax on oil and gas to ensure that power consumers do not have to shoulder all of the financial burden of the energy transition, reports energate messenger. Pinkwart, a member of the Free Democratic Party (FDP), added that a high price for electricity would hinder sector coupling.

Read the article in German here.

For background, read the CLEW factsheets Germany ponders how to finance renewables expansion in the future and Sector coupling - Shaping an integrated renewable energy system.

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