Chancellor Merkel Goes on “Energy Tour”

Chancellor Angela Merkel will tour Germany in the second half of August, informing herself about the energy situation and the latest industry developments.

In view of the comprehensive energy concept the government is currently preparing, chancellor Merkel wants to find out about the challenges for the future of the industry. The energy concept shall be presented in late September.

For four days, Mrs Merkel will visit energy sites and companies all over Germany, talking to employees of utilties and suppliers as well as municipalities and scientists.

She will focus on the following aspects:

  • Current status and developments of renewable and fossil power plants and other technologies;
  • Possibilities of greater energy efficiency as a way to meet the ambitious climate targets of the government;
  • International marketing opportunities for innovate energy technologies “Made in Germany”; and
  • The relevance of the energy sector for regional develoment.

Mrs Merkel will be accompanied by Federal Minister of Environment, Nature Protection and Nuclear Safety, Norbert Röttgen, and Federal Minister of Economics and Technology, Rainer Brüderle, for parts of her journey. Their trip will take them to a wind park in Mecklenburg Western Pommerania, the wind turbine manufacturer Nordex SE in Rostock, the European Energy Exchange in Leipzig, a nuclear power plant, a combined heat and power plant, a biofuel-fired plant, as well as a coal-fired power plant and a hydoelectric power plant under construction.

Source: Bundeskanzleramt (Federal Chancellery)