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Source: CDU CSU

Dear Mr President! Dear Ladies and Gentlemen! Dear Colleagues! First of all, I would like to emphasize once again that we have made great progress in expanding renewable energies. So there can be no question of brakes. The minister in particular is not a brake, he is an accelerator, and for that I thank you very much.

(Applause from the CDU / CSU)

We have almost 50 percent renewables in the electricity sector, and that is immense. That is a great achievement; but it is also a great challenge. We have turned many people in our country from electricity consumers to electricity producers. We want to accompany and accelerate this path.

Likewise, in spite of all prophecies of doom, we will achieve the 2020 climate protection targets, and not just because of Corona and the resulting reductions in CO2 emissions. Ms. Weeser, you also know that we will probably achieve our goals. We have managed to decouple economic growth from resource consumption, and renewables have also contributed to this. We need renewables in the future too.

Vice President Wolfgang Kubicki:

Mr. Lenz, will you allow a question from my colleague Nestle from the Bündnis 90 / Die Grünen parliamentary group?

Dr. Andreas Lenz (CDU / CSU):

Yes, please.

Dr. Ingrid Nestle (ALLIANCE 90 / THE GREENS):

Thank you very much. – My question is also very brief. You just said that you and the minister are accelerating the energy transition. Are you actually aware that the smallest expansion of wind turbines on land – and indeed by far recently – took place in the past year?

(Shouting from Abig. Oliver Krischer [BÜNDNIS 90 / DIE GRÜNEN])

Dr. Andreas Lenz (CDU / CSU):

Dear Mrs. Nestle, thank you for the question. Are you actually aware that the expansion is taking place least in the countries you co-govern?

(Shouts from BÜNDNIS 90 / DIE GRÜNEN)

Are you actually also aware that the legal planning hurdles you have forced to protect species contribute to the fact that some wind power can no longer take place?

(Applause from the CDU / CSU and members of the FDP)

Ms. Nestle, you can now use renewables. But if we look at the total numbers, we see that we have gone from under 5 percent renewables in 2000 to 50 percent now. And you too have to recognize that this is an extremely good socio-political, but also an economic and political achievement.

(Applause from the CDU / CSU – acclamation from Dr. Julia Verlinden [ALLIANCE 90 / THE GREENS])

There is of course no blueprint for the energy transition; that is also part of the truth. Constant readjustment is required, and that is why we will amend the EEG again this year, yes, we will reform it.

Let me make one thing very clear: Our goal is that at some point we will no longer need the EEG and that renewable energy systems will be competitive on the market even without feed-in tariffs. This amendment must also be about marketability, innovation and technology.

There are important points in the bill, and we will raise other points in the parliamentary procedure. We’ll make things specific. In general, we want to strengthen self-sufficiency in photovoltaics, if possible without exception to the European requirement of 30 kilowatt peak.

(Applause from the SPD and MP Axel Knoerig [CDU / CSU] – Johann Saathoff [SPD]: Very good, Andi! – Oliver Krischer [BÜNDNIS 90 / DIE GRÜNEN]: That is not yet in the law!)

Of course, we want the fully financed systems after 20 years to help make the system more affordable overall. To do this, these systems must first of all be able to stay connected to the grid, and we will do our bit for that. We want to burden photovoltaics with less bureaucracy in general. We envision a one-stop shop, i.e. only one point of contact if someone places a photovoltaic system on the roof. And we actually prefer photovoltaics on the roof than on the field, to be clear, ladies and gentlemen.

(Applause from the CDU / CSU and the SPD)

We want to strengthen the base load-capable renewable energies. This primarily includes biomass. The biomass currently provides around 45 terawatt hours for energy and power supply. That is almost 10 percent of the electricity requirement, renewable and controllable. We would like to use this advantage to make these systems more flexible.

We want the systems that are now on the market to be able to compete on the market in the future. We also want a strengthening in hydropower, for example, as well as in other areas such as geothermal energy, which is very innovative. We want the degression to be suspended here, but we also want to provide additional support for small plants, particularly in the hydropower sector.

We also want hydrogen, especially green hydrogen – Power-to-X as a whole – to become a success story. That is why we have to start with taxes and levies. After all, we want storage to become a normal, integratively used part of the energy transition. Here, too, we have to readjust, as was already decided in the climate protection package.

(Applause from Deputy Klaus Mindrup [SPD])

Overall, as I said, we need to further develop the EEG. We need a tax and levy reform. A first step was to stabilize the EEG surcharge; Thank you very much for that. But we should also think about whether we cannot finance the EEG surcharge entirely through income from CO2 pricing and a proportionate electricity tax. That would also have the advantage that we could, so to speak, escape the clutches of EU state aid law. It is absurd when, on the one hand, we help to achieve European goals, and, on the other hand, we are thrown clubs between our legs. That has to change, ladies and gentlemen.

Ultimately, we stand by the 65 percent target. By the way: So far we have always exceeded the targets in the area of ​​renewables and especially in the area of ​​electricity.

(Thomas Bareiß [CDU / CSU]: Exactly!)

We will closely monitor the expansion paths and, if necessary, adjust accordingly.

We want to make a good law. In our opinion, there are already many good points in the design. But of course you can also make good things better, and I cordially invite everyone to do so.

In this sense: Thank you very much.

(Applause from the CDU / CSU and the SPD)


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