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CDU/CSU and SPD Present Coalition Agreement – 55% to 60% Renewables by 2035 and More

The conservative CDU/CSU, the winners of the Federal Election of 22 September 2013, and the Social Democrats (SPD), who emerged second in the election, have presented a coalition agreement for a grand coalition in Germany that provides inter alia for a binding expansion corridor of 55% to 60% renewable energy by 2035. The partners announce to present a reform of the Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG) by Easter 2014. As a novelty, the SPD will present the draft to its members for vote between 6 and 12 December before proceeding further with the coalition.

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First Energy Results of German Coalition Talks

Another round of coalition talks between the conservative CDU and CSU sister parties and the Social Democrats (SPD) brought further convergence on energy policy matters, the CDU secretary-general Hermann Gröhe said. Negotiators agreed that the energy policy shift of 2010/2011 towards a renewable energy supply could only become a success and role model for others if it did not harm but strengthen German industry. Hence, financial support should help renewables to penetrate the market, but should not be granted indefinitely. Support for renewables should be declining over time. Growth should occur within fixed corridors, leading to predictable and speedy, but not excessive growth. Climate and environmental compatibility, security of supply and the affordability of electricity prices were considered equally important. In light of the above, various aspects of a reform of the Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG) that curbs EEG-related costs have emerged. Amendments shall in particular be made with regard to onshore and offshore wind power as well as biomass.

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CDU/CSU/SPD Coalition Negotiations: Reform of Renewables Law for 2015?

After the first round of discussions on energy topics in the ongoing negotiations between the conservative CDU and CSU sister parties and the Social Democrats (SPD) to form the new German government, little specific information emerged. However, the parties reportedly strive to agree on a reform of the Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG) by Easter 2014. Following Parliament and Federal Council approval the reform could then enter into force at the beginning of 2015, media reports say.

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Energy Provisions in Coalition Agreement for Incoming Green/SPD Government in Baden-Württemberg

The Green Party of the state of Baden-Württemberg, which enjoyed the biggest electoral gains in the recent state election, and the Socialist Party agreed on a coalition agreement for their term in office. With sustainability being declared as one of the five guidelines for future policy, the incoming government wants to put an ecological modernisation high on the agenda, announcing a transformation of the energy infrastructure and an end to nuclear power.

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Global Wind Day – Wind Power Statistics Germany 2009

Today, 15 June 2010, is global wind day. Events worldwide highlight the importance of wind power as a renewable and clean energy.  Continue reading ‘Global Wind Day – Wind Power Statistics Germany 2009’

Röttgen: 15% Reduction of Solar Feed-in Tariffs for Freestanding Facilities to Start in July

Environment Minister Norbert Röttgen has presented his proposal for the upcoming reduction of solar feed-in tariffs. The proposal differentiates between freestanding and rooftop installations, with different start dates in July and April. Continue reading ‘Röttgen: 15% Reduction of Solar Feed-in Tariffs for Freestanding Facilities to Start in July’

Brüderle: Up to 17% Cut in Solar Feed-In Tariffs in April

FAZ quotes Economics Minister Rainer Brüderle (FDP) on plans of the German government to cut solar feed-in tariffs by 16 to 17% starting in April. Continue reading ‘Brüderle: Up to 17% Cut in Solar Feed-In Tariffs in April’

CSU Retreat Kreuth: Proposal to Change Permitting and Feed-in Tariffs for Solar Power

Augsburger Allgemeine reported that the CSU regional group in its annual retreat in Kreuth will propose changing the permitting regime and reducing the feed-in tariff for solar power. Continue reading ‘CSU Retreat Kreuth: Proposal to Change Permitting and Feed-in Tariffs for Solar Power’

Coalition Agreement: Environment, Energy and Climate Change Provisions

The winners of the German Federal Election of September 2009, the Christian Democratic Union (CDU), the Christian Social Democrats of Bavaria (CSU) and the Free Democratic Party (FDP) have decided on a coalition agreement for the second Cabinet headed by Chancellor Andrea Merkel (CDU).   Continue reading ‘Coalition Agreement: Environment, Energy and Climate Change Provisions’

Nuclear Phase-Out Depending on Safety?

The expected new German coalition government of the CDU/CSU and FDP parties is in talks about a coalition agreement.  Continue reading ‘Nuclear Phase-Out Depending on Safety?’