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MIL OSI Translation. Region: Germany / Deutschland –

Source: CDU CSU

Mister President! Ladies and gentlemen! This morning at 10 a.m., 71,750 gigawatts of electricity were produced from renewable energies and only 31,526 gigawatts from conventional energies, nuclear power and coal. That means: There was a share of over 50 percent of renewables in the power supply.

(Applause from Deputy Timon Gremmels [SPD])

According to all predictions, this year we will see that 50 percent of the electricity consumed in Germany comes from renewable energies, compared to only 23 percent in 2012. At that time, Mr. Krischer, I remember that, I took over the office of Federal Environment Minister; I remembered the number. This means that in less than a decade we have more than doubled the share of renewable energies in electricity consumption.

(Oliver Krischer [BÜNDNIS 90 / DIE GRÜNEN]: Despite Peter Altmaier! – Further calls from BÜNDNIS 90 / DIE GRÜNEN: Despite you!)

It’s a great success for the energy industry, for the renewables industry, for everyone involved, and I think we should talk a little more about the successes and not just complain about how bad everything is and put our lights under a bushel . Nobody outside understands that.

(Applause from the CDU / CSU and members of the SPD – shouts from Alliance 90 / The Greens)

Ladies and gentlemen, as you can see from our templates for both the EEG amendment and the Federal Requirements Plan Act, we are making our energy and power supply fit for the challenges of the future: climate neutrality by 2050 at the latest and also an ambitious climate and renewables target by the year 2030. You will still be discussing a number of things in the legislative process.

We took the 65 percent target of the coalition agreement as our starting point. But it is true that time has passed since then and that we have to consider what is possible and what is useful.

(Timon Gremmels [SPD]: Hear! Hear!)

Nevertheless, ladies and gentlemen, we need to keep an eye on the facts – what is realistic and feasible. We have set an ambitious goal in our draft law: to increase wind energy up to 71 gigawatts in 2030

(Dr. Julia Verlinden [BÜNDNIS 90 / DIE GRÜNEN]: That is still not enough!)

and practically the doubling of photovoltaics in terms of installed capacity to 100 gigawatts in around ten years. These are ambitious projects. But I am convinced that they can succeed.

(Shouting from BÜNDNIS 90 / DIE GRÜNEN)

We have a lot of homework to do. The acceptance of onshore wind turbines, i.e. no longer viewing them as a disruptive factor, is a necessary prerequisite. We involve the municipalities. We will find a solution for depleted systems that are at locations that are not necessarily suitable for direct marketing.

(Shouting from BÜNDNIS 90 / DIE GRÜNEN)

But, ladies and gentlemen, the energy transition towards renewable energies as the main source of electricity supply in Germany will only succeed if we apply market-based processes more effectively.

(Applause from members of the CDU / CSU)

That started with direct marketing and that was continued with the tenders. We will continue this process.

With a lot of money that we take into our hands in the federal budget, we will ensure that the EEG surcharge does not increase significantly due to the corona pandemic. We will even achieve that it sinks: to 6.5 cents next year and to a maximum of 6 cents the following year. My goal is for the EEG surcharge to fall regularly in the future through smart and good reforms until it is ultimately no longer necessary and renewable energies, with their cost advantages, are then able to redeem their business models on their own and competitively.

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

Because renewable energies are being expanded locally in rural regions, where there is plenty of space for wind turbines and photovoltaic systems, this will only succeed if we build a total of over 10,000 kilometers of new power lines. It is not easy for those affected; because nobody would like to have a power line on their doorstep or above their field. But after we have decided together for this energy transition – I see Peter Bleser and many others who have supported it from the start because it has also opened up an income perspective for rural areas – we not only have to ensure that the Wind turbines, the biogas plants and the solar roofs are built, but overall also achieve that the electricity can be transported to where it is needed.

(Applause from members of the CDU / CSU – shouts from BÜNDNIS 90 / DIE GRÜNEN)

We are not running out of challenges, ladies and gentlemen. With the National Hydrogen Strategy, we have decided to generate green hydrogen from renewable energies, which we can use in a variety of ways, not only in the transport sector, but also in the heating sector and in many other areas of the energy transition, for example in sector coupling. We know that we have to get better when it comes to combining the different types of generation and consumption.

I believe that it is right and necessary that we argue about these issues in detail. That’s why I’m also happy about every tweet from Oliver Krischer, who says once again that this minister will be the last and ruin everything, even though the share of renewables in electricity consumption is increasing astronomically every year.

(Oliver Krischer [BÜNDNIS 90 / DIE GRÜNEN]: Yes, astronomically!)

This is now an old tradition. People would ask themselves, “Is something wrong?” If suddenly they praised me.

(Shouts from BÜNDNIS 90 / DIE GRÜNEN)

But I would like us to succeed in reaching a consensus on the issue of climate protection and also on the issue of renewables before the next general election.

Just as we agreed many, many decades ago that the social market economy is our economic model, just as we came to an agreement on phasing out nuclear energy after long discussions that were not easy for me and my colleagues either I think now is the time for a major compromise, with which we will commit ourselves to climate neutrality by 2050 at the latest.

But we must also ensure that the economy and industry do not fall victim to this process, and help them to survive this transformation in a market economy.

(Shouts from BÜNDNIS 90 / DIE GRÜNEN)

Then we will have achieved something great, and then this energy transition will find imitators in many countries.

Thank you very much.

(Applause from the CDU / CSU)


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