February 19, 2013
Germany is about to lose its image as the most climate-friendly EU member country.
The precipitated closure by 2022 of all nuclear power plants has led to a costly expansion of PV and wind power capacity, fed by exorbitant feed-in tariffs for widely scattered small-scale electricity producers. The German support regime for PV power generation has become the most costly in the world, causing electricity rates for households and normal business to soar out of proportion and leading to rising complaints from industry about its international competitiveness.
The government has failed to coordinate the expansion of solar and wind power generation with that of the grids by lowering the costly incentives for solar and wind generation capacity. The improvement and expansion of its grid must have absolute priority over that of additional PV or wind-power capacity.
The government should also stop resisting EU proposals to withdraw C02 surplus emission certificates from the market […]