German cabinet OKs RE draft

Despite their political differences, Angela Merkel and Sigmar Gabriel have an excellent working relationship

Angela Merkel and her energy minister Sigmar Gabriel

Germany’s cabinet has approved outline reforms of the Renewable Energies Act (EEG) drafted by energy minister Sigmar Gabriel that spell out steep cuts to support in an attempt to contain costs, as reported by Recharge earlier this week.

An updated outline seen by Recharge and okayed at an extraordinary cabinet meeting at Meseberg castle outside Berlin foresees a lowering of the support for onshore wind as well as a cap on its expansion, additional cuts to feed-in tariffs (FITs) for offshore wind, further hardship for PV, and the introduction of tenders.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel explicitly backed Gabriel’s reform proposals, calling the Energiewende – Germany’s shift from nuclear to renewables – a “project of the entire federal government.”

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