Preliminary Information on Upcoming German Energy Concept

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ) published preliminary information from an internal key issue paper of the Ministry for the Environment (BMU) on the upcoming energy concept. According to BMU it was one of many working papers, the status of which was unclear, FAZ said.

Byl 2050, renewables shall account for 50% of the energy supply, with renewables contributing 80% of electricity and 60% of heat, the paper says.

Wind energy shall be the most important renewable energy supplier. Within the next 40 years, wind power supply shall satisfy 50% of the electricity demand. To this end, grids shall be expanded to accommodate fluctuating renewables, and smart grids shall enable an intelligent communication between all market participants. The state-owned KfW development bank shall offer state-backed loans for offshore wind parks. Offshore wind park permits shall be limited in time to make sure parks are built in due time.

The Ministry is also thinking about introducing alternatives to the feed-in tariffs under the Renewables Sources Act (EEG), FAZ says.

By setting the threshold for the efficiency of lignite-fired power plants to 32% and 34% for hard coal-fired plants, the Ministry for the Environment wants to speed up the replacement of older plants by more modern ones.

FAZ says electricity suppliers shall be required to contribute to energy savings by reducing electricity sales by 1% per year. Besides, energy savings shall be mainly achieved by energy efficient renovations of building. In this regard requirements shall be tightened. The paper points out that renovation measures would benefit the German industry. Every one billion Euros invested would secure 25,000 jobs.

The government reportedly plans to decide on the energy concept on 28 September 2010.

Source: Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

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