Proposal for »Federal Commissioner for Renewable Energies« in Germany
Post date: 05/09/2022 - 17:14
Prominent German energy experts are proposing the establishment of the office of a federal commissioner for renewable energies already this year. The chairman of the German section of the European renewable energy association Eurosolar, Axel Berg (Social Democrats, SPD), the former director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE Eicke Weber (Liberal Party, FDP) and the chairman of the Energy Watch Group Hans-Josef Fell (Green Party, Bündnis 90/ Die Grünen) have outlined this in a letter to Economics and Climate Protection Minister Robert Habeck (Green Party) as well as Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) and Finance Minister Christian Lindner (FDP).
The letter states that Germany has experienced exponential growth in the expansion of renewables since 2000, but that this growth was then »abruptly halted«. That pace, the letter reads, must be resumed. Current attempts to address the acute energy supply crisis »within the fossil and nuclear energy supply« are »doomed to failure.« Numerous reasons are cited for this: For example, liquefied natural gas »mostly comes from fracking regions and is thus more harmful to the climate than coal,« and the supplier countries can hardly meet the increased global demand. In addition, in the countries of origin of fossil energies, »basic principles of democracy and the rule of law are often trampled underfoot, especially in the new supplier countries recently addressed by the German government, or even war and terror financing is made possible with our energy supply, such as in Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Libya, Azerbaijan, Nigeria, Colombia.«
According to the letter, the proposed office of a federal commissioner should help address the »major barriers« for renewables still existing in the German legal framework. There was a lack of a position within the government »to coordinate the expansion of renewable energy as a central, cross-ministerial area of responsibility.«
However, the proposal, which was first published on Thursday (September 1), has so far met with no response from the political parties of the three authors or from German renewable energy associations. The federal government has also not commented.