Talks between German environment minister Peter Altmaier and his counterparts from the country’s states over government plans for cuts to support for renewables failed today – although Recharge understands one key element of the proposals could be off the table.
no overall deal was reached, a government official told Recharge that a
proposal for an additional 1.5%-cut in FITs to already-producing plants will
probably not go ahead.
groups and opposition politicians had rallied strongly against such retroactive
cuts to support.
and the state environment ministers also agreed that exemptions to heavy
industries from paying the surcharge that funds renewables support should be
reduced, but they can’t agree by how much, the official said.
meeting came ahead of a gathering on Thursday between German Chancellor Angela
Merkel and state premiers that is supposed to seal a consensus over the
needs the support of German states, because the Social Democrat-Greens-led
opposition to her government at the federal level currently holds a majority in
the Bundesrat, Germany’s upper chamber representing states, which could be used
to block the plan.
the limited progress, there was no overall agreement.
continues to insist on measures to slow down renewable energies, but he wasn’t
able to get through with that,” Green Party MP and energy expert Hans-Josef
Fell said in a statement. “With the Greens, there won’t be any brake of the
energy turnaround that Altmaier and (economics minister) Rösler obviously
talks centred on a joint proposal that Altmaier and Rösler made in February. It
contains a series of measures designed to freeze the surcharge German consumers
have to pay on their electricity bills that finances feed-in tariffs (FITs).
activists today protested against the proposals in front of the environment
ministry with banners such as “only once the last wind turbine has been
stopped, the last solar company is bust, and no one invests in renewables
anymore, will you realise that with Altmaier electricity prices will rise
others opposed to the plan, Greenpeace wants fewer exemptions from the
renewables surcharge for large industries, instead of having households bear
most of the cost of the expansion of renewables.
group of five northern German states earlier this month published a discussion
paper in which they complained Germany’s energy transition away from nuclear is
in danger, because investors are unsettled by the current debate about cuts in