Big reforms are ahead for Germany’s Energiewende: the two biggest parties, the Christian Democrats (CDU) and the Social Democrats (SPD), have agreed as part of their coalition negotiations to make some big changes to the Renewable Energy Law in order to cut costs.
Promotion of renewable energy in Germany will cost €20.3 billion in 2013, and is expected to be rise in 2014. Reducing costs has become on of the top priorities during coalition negotiations.
One of the most dramatic changes will be in the promotion of wind energy: goals for 2030 are being cut from 25,000 MW to 10,000 MW, and wind parks will be constructed only in “good locations,” i.e. in Northern Germany and offshore, where winds are strongest.
"We will make the implementation of the Energiewende easier to plan, more predictable, and more affordable in the long run," said Federal Environment Minister Peter Altmaier (CDU).
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