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21 Jun 2017

Merkel wants parliament to agree on grid fees before summer break

Clean Energy Wire

German Chancellor Angela Merkel wants the parliament (German Bundestag) to find an agreement on national power grid fee alignment before the summer break, said economy minister Brigitte Zypries at the German energy industry conference BDEW Congress in Berlin. “We have to manage that now,” Zypries quoted the chancellor saying after today’s cabinet meeting. The parliament only has two weeks of sessions left before the summer break.
The grand coalition’s (CDU/CSU, SPD) federal cabinet had introduced a draft for a grid fee reform in January without provisions to standardise fees, because of the state elections in North Rhine Westphalia. After the elections, Social Democrat energy politician and member of the Bundestag Hubertus Heil told news agency Dow Jones that his party wants a nationwide alignment.

See the CLEW factsheet Power grid fees – Unfair and opaque? for more information.

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