Sending a signal of departure for the economy and energy system transformation - BEE position paper

The German Renewable Energy Federation (BEE) presents its recommendations for a comprehensive amendment of the Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG), which provides the decisive legal framework for the energy turnaround in the electricity sector. The main focus of the demands is to underpin the expansion target of 65 percent by 2030, which is already anchored in the EEG, with a binding time and quantity structure and to significantly increase the quantity targets and expansion rates. In addition to cross-technological adjustments such as strengthening the self-sufficiency of private individuals and companies, necessary changes in the framework conditions as for the individual renewable energy technologies are also addressed.

"The current conditions are by no means sufficient to meet the upcoming challenges in the field of climate protection and energy system transformation," says BEE President Dr. Simone Peter. It is necessary to create framework conditions for new plants as well as to organize a bridging for the Ü20 plants that will fall out of the EEG after 20 years in order to compensate and accelerate the phase-out of fossil fuels and to bring the climate protection goals within reach. "Now is the time to set the course for a dynamic expansion of renewable energies. They are popular with the public, provide future-proof energy for the business location and strengthen regional value creation".

"Climate protection and energy system transformation strengthen the economy, the economy and the climate in times of crisis," says Prof. Dr. Claudia Kemfert, Head of the Energy, Transport and Environment Department at the German Institute for Economic Research. In order to avoid failing to meet climate targets and a gap in green electricity, the expansion rate of renewable energies must be increased significantly: Both PV and wind should be expanded at an accelerated rate, and the expansion targets should be raised to 75% in 2030 (instead of 65%). "This would require annual expansion volumes of 9.8 GW PV and 5.9 GW wind onshore and 25 GW offshore over the entire period. A real green stimulus package can create up to 400,000 new jobs. The economic stimulus package needs to be readjusted: only 38% of the nearly 130 billion euros will be spent on climate protection and energy system transformation. There is an urgent need for action for more ecological boom," says Kemfert.

Dr. Katharina Reuter, UnternehmensGrün managing director: "The ecological middle class demands the fast conversion to 100% renewable energy sources. In the future, companies want to supply their businesses with green electricity, operate their vehicle fleets and heat with surplus renewable energy. To achieve the energy turnaround on our own company premises, we urgently need to relieve the company's own consumption of self-generated energy - a first step is to abolish the EEG levy for own consumption". Reuter on the role of industry: "The chemical and steel industry would have to protest in front of the Chancellor's Office - with an industrialist Strejk För Grön Energi, because they need the massive expansion of renewables to become climate neutral".

Here you can find the position paper. 

text: BEE e.V.

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