Merkel – German RE no longer 'niche'

Angela Merkel

Angela Merkel

Now that they account for a quarter of Germany’s power generation, renewables no longer have a "niche existence" that has to be supported by environmental policies but should be integrated in the energy market as a fundamental pillar, German Chancellor Angela Merkel told parliament.

“The world looks with a mixture of a lack of understanding and curiosity on whether and how the Energiewende (Germany’s move from nuclear to renewable energy) will succeed,” Merkel said in her first major speech of her third term.

“If we succeed, then she (the Energiewende) – and I’m convinced of it – will become another German export hit. And I’m also convinced that if any country can succeed with this Energiewende, then it’s Germany.”

Merkel expressely backed energy minister Sigmar Gabriel, whose outline of a reform to Germany’s Renewable Energies Act (EEG) Log in to read complete article.

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