IN DEPTH: Decoding Merkel on RE

Chancellor Angela Merkel’s party in its election manifesto reiterates its commitment to the Energiewende – the transition away from nuclear power by 2022.

However, there is a major emphasis on the affordability of Germany’s energy supply and without mentioning detailed targets for renewables.

“Consumers and the economy need an energy supply that is secure, affordable and clean over the long term,” reads the mostly blurry manifesto that was approved on Sunday jointly by Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and her Bavarian sister party, the Christian Social Union (CSU).

Affordability can be read as a code word for a renewed push after the elections to limit the price of renewable energy, which could mean hardship for the Log in to read complete article.

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