MIL OSI Translation. Region: Germany / Deutschland –
Source: CDU CSU
December 17, 2020
EEG reform promotes, strengthens the market and drives digitalization
The amendment to the EEG was passed today, Thursday. After intensive negotiations, an ambitious reform is now being initiated. These include regulations to facilitate repowering and the continued operation of older solar and wind power plants, financial participation for municipalities in the immediate vicinity of wind power plants as well as investment facilitation for hydrogen and legally secure relief regulations for industry. The deputy chairman of the parliamentary group Carsten Linnemann and the economic and energy policy spokesman for the CDU / CSU parliamentary group, Joachim Pfeiffer, explain:
Carsten Linnemann: “We are pleased that the coalition factions have succeeded in submitting an ambitious reform of the EEG and at the same time setting the course for the future development of renewable energies. We create more legal security and less bureaucracy for many smaller plant operators, but also for small and medium-sized companies and for industry. The opportunities for citizens to use their own electricity from renewable energies themselves are being expanded. It was also important to us to strengthen the role of the local authorities, among other things by giving them a larger share of the trade tax revenue from wind farms in the future. We agree in the coalition to further increase efforts in the expansion of renewable energies. At the same time, we want to initiate the urgently needed reforms of the subsidy system parallel to the coal phase-out in order to pave the way for innovations, more market and more competition for the best solutions for the energy system of the future.
Joachim Pfeiffer: “With the EEG amendment, important results were achieved in terms of a safe and affordable energy transition. The Union was able to enforce numerous relevant points. The reform promotes the competitiveness of industry by making the special equalization scheme crisis-proof and limiting cost risks. It strengthens the market by limiting the subsidy to four hours in the event of negative prices and by extending the tender for photovoltaics. It is driving digitalization forward by making existing and new systems more intelligent and thus enabling new business models. In addition, it solves an investment blockade for hydrogen through a practical and unbureaucratic EEG levy exemption.
In the new year, the coalition will present proposals on the expansion path as well as on the financing and future of the funding. What is needed is a coherent overall package that takes into account all three pillars of the energy transition: economic efficiency, security of supply and environmental compatibility. This creates more space for an innovation-oriented and technology-open expansion. “
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