Germany’s Federal Minister of Economics, Dr. Philipp Rösler, and his Dutch counterpart, Henk Kamp, agreed on a closer cooperation concerning important energy policy matters, the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (BMWi) informed after a meeting of the ministers.
Regarding the energy policy Germany and the Netherlands were facing similar challenges, as both countries had to integrate renewable energies into the energy markets as soon as possible to keep electricity prices for enterprises and consumers affordable, Mr Rösler said, pointing out that renewable energy meanwhile accounted for 22% of the electricity in Germany. The country had made great progress in promoting renewable energy, but needed a fundamental reform of the existing support scheme (the Renewable Energy Sources Act – EEG) and a coordination of the growth of renewables and the expansion of the grids to avoid a cost explosion and ensure the security of supply. Hence, Germany and the Netherlands would work together in these areas, using existing regional and European initiatives for an even closer cooperation.
Source: Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology
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