ANALYSIS: Upsides for German RE

Angela Merkel: all the signs point to a win, but who will be her governing partner?

Angela Merkel's new government will at least bring stability

The coalition contract of what most probably will be Germany’s government for the next four years has some hardship in store for the renewables sector, and industry and green groups are complaining loudly.

But two things should not be overlooked. Firstly, it could have been far worse. And secondly, Chancellor Angela Merkel’s likely incoming government has given the rough outline of a policy that allows Germany’s Energiewende to plough ahead with reasonable stability, albeit at a slightly slower pace.

Yes, what has long been Europe’s biggest market for renewables for the first time will have a cap imposed on its expansion – the share of RE will be limited to 45% of electricity output by 2025.

But Merkel’s Christian Democrats (CDU) had pushed for a lower cap. And a jump Log in to read complete article.

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