Germany’s Green Energy Switch ‘About To Collapse’

  • Date: 31/01/13
  • Reuters

Germany’s switch to renewable energy is bound to fail with consumer prices at a 15-year high while wholesale prices are languishing, the chief executive of Austrian energy group Verbund said. 

Germany’s market, due to its retreat from nuclear power after Japan’s 2011 Fukushima disaster, was ‘about to collapse’, Wolfgang Anzengruber said, citing a lack of necessary investment that is compounding a broken pricing model.

‘A very quick correction is needed,’ he said at an industry event late on Tuesday, the Austria Press Agency reported.

Germany’s strong support for renewable energy had broken its electricity market, analysts at investment bank Macquarie said last week.

They said there was a lack of incentives to build back-up power plants while cheap coal prices were discouraging the use of cleaner gas plants.

The issue is a hot topic ahead of elections in Germany this year as consumers grapple with soaring electricity prices.

Environment Minister Peter Altmaier said on Monday he planned to cut electricity prices for consumers just ahead of September’s national elections by sharing the cost of the switch to renewables more evenly with companies.

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