Angela Merkel’s Party Demands End Of Green Energy Subsidies By 2020
The current coalition negotiations in Germany between the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and the Social Democratic Party (SPD) to form a grand coalition are heading for a big crash over energy policy. That’s because the CDU is demanding the ultimate end of all green energy subsidies by 2020.
In today’s coalition negotiations on energy policy two extreme positions are apparently colliding. While ecologically oriented Social Democrats are calling for relatively mild reforms of the Renewable Energy Law (EEG) , the Christian Democratic Union is calling for the complete stop of green energy subsidies by 2020, according to information seen by Die Welt .
In its “position paper on energy policy”, CDU members Thomas Bareiß , Michael Fuchs and Joachim Pfeiffer demand “a mandatory supply management’ of renewable energy susbidies which must be coordinated with the Prime Minister of Germany’s 16 states. The end target should be a green energy share of 35 percent in the energy mix.
“Any additional development must be on market terms without any subsidies,” the paper states. Since the Federal Government is already anticipating in its still valid “energy plan” to achieve a minimum of 35 per cent green electricity share for 2020, the CDU demand means phasing out of all subsidies for new renewable electricity within seven years.