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The energy industry sees light and shadow in the EEG amendment | message

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BERLIN (Dow Jones) – The leading associations of the energy industry have welcomed the draft of the Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG), but indicated numerous suggestions for improvement. “The amendment must be measured by the question of whether it is sufficient to achieve the renewable and climate targets defined by the federal government itself,” explained the general manager of the Federal Association of Energy and Water Management (BDEW), Kerstin Andreae. In the draft, the federal government is aiming for 65 percent green electricity by 2030 and climate neutrality by 2050.

“The present design has light and shadow,” says Andreae. It is positive that the required additional construction increases if the target was not achieved in the previous year. In order to increase acceptance among the population, it is also right to allow communities to participate in the income from wind farms. “Unfortunately we failed to finally provide the necessary push for solar energy,” explained the BDEW managing director. Neither the potential of unused roof areas nor of self-sufficiency has been fully exploited.

After a first look at the draft law sent by the Ministry of Economic Affairs on Monday, the association of municipal companies said that the devil was in the details. “It must also be considered whether alternatives to individual instruments might not be more effective”, says VKU General Manager Ingbert Liebing. He also praised the fact that with the amendment a connection regulation for small PV systems had been found and that the framework conditions for tenant electricity should also be improved.

“With the planned tightening of the regulation on negative electricity prices, care must be taken that the goal of expanding renewables is not thwarted in the end,” said Liebing, however. “The regulation carries the risk that, on the one hand, operators will shut down their systems too early and, on the other hand, smaller players in particular will be reluctant to implement new systems with regard to the risks.”

The municipal utilities are also calling for electromobility, hydrogen and digitalization to be expected to increase demand for electricity by 2030. The expansion corridors in the coming decade would have to be planned on this basis. So far, the Ministry of Economic Affairs has assumed that electricity consumption in the next ten years will roughly correspond to the needs before the Corona crisis. In addition, the association called for the reorganization of taxes, levies and levies in the energy sector to be put on the political agenda in the coming legislative period. “The current system no longer fits an energy supply system that is predominantly based on renewable energies,” explained VKU General Manager Liebing.

Contact the author: petra.sorge@wsj.com

DJG / pso / cbr / mgo

(END) Dow Jones Newswires

Sep 01, 2020 8:13 AM ET (12:13 GMT)



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