BMU Creates Renewable Energy Platform

With Germany slowly realising that implementing last year’s energy policy shift away from nuclear power towards a renewable energy supply is a huge task, Federal Minister for the Environment announced the creation of a new national working group for renewable energy, the “Renewable Energy Platform”. The announcement came just days after the new steering committee “Energy Policy Shift”, which is jointly lead by the Environment Ministry (BMU) and the Economics and Technology Ministry (BMWi), convened for the first time.

The working group shall coordinate the future growth of renewable energy sources, their market integration (currently the Renewable Energy Source Act, EEG, provides for fixed feed-tariffs), their interplay with conventional energy sources and the necessary grid expansion resulting from growing renewable energy capacities. The platform shall comprise of representatives of the German Federation, the federal states, cities and municipalities, the renewable energy industry, the transmission and distribution system operators, environment and nature organisations, consumer protection agencies, trade associations, conventional power plant operators as well as scientists.

Three sub-working groups were set up, which shall focus on the three main goals of the Renewable Energy Platform:

  1. Market and system integration of renewable energies
  2. Interplay of expansion of renewables and grid expansion; this working group shall closely cooperate with the BMWi working group “Future Proof Network Platform
  3. Interplay of renewable energies with conventional energy and demand

So far the energy turnaround has produced the following working groups on the national level: steering committee “Energy Policy Shift”Future Proof Network Platform, Power Plant Forum, National Electromobility Initative and the new Renewable Energy Platform. As we pointed out earlier, there have been calls for a single Energy Ministry, to which Chancellor Merkel responded by saying this might be an option after the closure of the last nuclear power plant, i.e. after 2022.

Source: Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety

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