IN DEPTH: German RE under fire

The FDP's Philipp Rösler, left, and Rainer Brüderle

The FDP's Philipp Rösler, left, and Rainer Brüderle

The junior partner in Angela Merkel’s coalition government enters the campaign for the German election committed to cutting renewables support fast.

“We want more market, and out of the planned economy,” the Free Democratic Party (FDP) election manifesto reads. “Fixing electricity prices by policies mustn’t become permanent.”

In order to stop power prices from rising and not undermine the competitiveness of German industry, the build-up of renewables needs to be managed better, says the party of economics minister Philipp Rösler.

“Because of that, security of supply and affordability are as important as rapid progress in environmental protection,” the manifesto states, adding that all support mechanisms for renewables must be verified Log in to read complete article.

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