Published at “Milkthesun” here (in German language).
Ulrich Kelber is a leading SPD politician and responsible for energy policy. He makes a couple of interesting points.
For one, while it costs some money to develop solar and other renewable capacity in Germany, many of the existing fossil fuel power plants would have needed to be replaced anyway. The alternative to paying for sun and wind is not paying nothing, but paying for dirty energy, with rising fuel costs.
And energy efficiency policy is not successful in Germany, in Kelber’s opinion. The law on priority for renewable energy works nicely, but Germany needs to do much more for saving energy
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