News Digest Item
13 Sep 2018

US ambassador flags American natural gas as “helpful” to German energy transition


Europe and Germany should “share in America’s abundance” and cooperate with the US in energy policy by buying natural gas from America, the US ambassador to Germany, Richard Grenell, writes together with US deputy secretary of energy Dan Brouillette in a guest article in the Handelsblatt. “Governments throughout Europe have been seeking reliable – and diversified – sources of energy ” to ensure supply security and try to make sure “that no one country or corporation can disproportionately influence millions of Europeans,” the authors say. “The US is capable of supplying LNG, for the benefit of Germans and all Europeans,” they write, adding that liquefied natural gas (LNG) “is an ideal companion to renewables” that could bridge times of low solar and wind power output. Grenell and Brouillette stress that “America remains committed to transparent, fair, and open markets,” that their country “fully embraces the western economic system,” and that it is ready to compete with other, “more opaque suppliers.” 

Read the article in English here .  

For background, read the CLEW news piece Qatar Petroleum in talks with Uniper and RWE over German LNG terminal, the factsheet Gas pipeline Nord Stream 2 links Germany to Russia, but splits Europe, and the dossier The role of gas in Germany's energy transition.

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