Renewables Conference Hosted by BMU Discusses Renewables Growth, Scenarios and Costs

The fifth “EEG-Dialogforum”, a conference on renewable energy hosted by the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU), has discussed key issues of the future growth of renewable energy in Germany. The main topics were the speed and structure of renewable energy growth, the resultant costs and the interplay with the expansion of the grids. The discussion was aimed at finding a sustainable growth strategy that ensured dynamic growth, which was compatible with an optimised, safe and reliable energy supply, BMU said.

A handout summed up the key questions as follows:
  • Should future financial support (currently provided through fixed feed-in tariffs pursuant to the EEG, the law that regulates renewables) be geared towards the least expensive technologies and locations?
  • Does this mean that in the medium-term onshore wind power and solar power will provide the greatest share of renewable energy? What is impact on comparatively expensive technologies like offshore wind power (which in most scenarios is meant to play a key role in the electricity supply in the long-term) and biogas and geothermal power?
  • Is it possible to strike a balance between the regional and industrial policy implications of a more cost-oriented growth strategy while taking into consideration the investments made into the infrastructure so far. What would this balance look like?
  • How can offshore renewable energy growth be timed in a way that taps cost savings potentials without leading to higher EEG surcharge costs for consumers?
  • How can the growth of renewable energy sources be influenced with regard to a cost-effective and to a certain degree regionally differentiated growth strategy? What are the possible tools?
  • In which steps can an agreement on a national growth strategy be reached between the stakeholder?

Source: Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety

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