German transition at the crossroads

Matthias Willenbacher: 'Renewables need reliability and predictability'

Matthias Willenbacher: 'Renewables need reliability and predictability'

Germany’s “grand coalition” government has been in power for just a few weeks, but we are already standing at a crossroads.

Will Germany continue to be a renewables front runner and show how the Energiewende can work? Or will the energy transition away from nuclear be choked off?

The draft that Energy Minister Sigmar Gabriel presented in mid-January to reform the Renewable Energies Act could wreck the Energiewende. The new government says it wants to slow the rise of electricity prices. Well, Gabriel’s draft lacks concrete details, but one fact is clear: the proposed measures won’t lead to stable prices. On the contrary, the build-up of renewables will become unnecessarily expensive and the Log in to read complete article.

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