News Digest Item
24 Jan 2017

German Association of Local Utilities warns against gas exit

Dow Jones

The head of the German Association of Local Utilities (VKU) has warned government against giving up gas. Ahead of an energy industry conference organised by the Handelsblatt newspaper in Berlin Tuesday, Katherina Reiche said that for climate protection, gas was the best fuel, adding that Germany has a highly efficient gas network. The Stadtwerke that the VKU represents were alarmed by a proposal in an earlier draft of the Climate Action Plan 2050 to halt the installation of new gas heating systems in buildings from 2030. They would like to see gas continue to provide 20 percent of the country’s energy supply up until the middle of this century, and to make use of gas networks to store renewable power, which can be converted into gas.

 See the article in German here.

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