Monitoring Process for German Energy Turnaround

The shift in the German energy policy following the nuclear accident in Fukushima shall be monitored regularly, the government decided. Monitoring results shall help to assess whether the implementation of the various amended laws contributes to the goal of the energy turnaround to achieve an environment-friendly, reliable and affordable energy supply.

The Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (BMWi) and the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Protection and Nuclear Safety (BMU) will jointly carry out the monitoring, with the Economics Ministry focusing on grid expansion, the construction of new power plants, replacement investments and energy efficiency and the Environment Ministry monitoring renewable energies. The monitoring process will be organised by a new administrative office at the Federal Network Agency, which an independent higher federal authority under the supervision of BMWi.

The two ministries will prepare an annual monitoring report. Every three years it will be supplemented by a progress report. The first monitoring report shall be compiled for 2011 and presented at the end of 2012. The first progress report will be published in 2014. The progress report will draw on a multi annual database, thus showing recognisable trends more clearly.

The monitoring process will be accompanied by an expert commission. The four-person commission will be chaired by Prof. Dr. Andreas Löschel (Centre for European Economic Research, Mannheim). Its other members are Prof. Dr. Georg Erdmann (Technical University of Berlin), Prof. Dr. Frithjof Staiß (Centre for Solar and  Hydrogen Research, Stuttgart) and Dr. Hans-Joachim Ziesing (Managing Director of Working Group Energiebilanzen, Berlin). The commission’s statements will be added to the monitoring report of the government.

Source: Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology