Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Altmaier's 10 Point Plan - 100% renewable - Renewables International

Germany is moving towards changes in their renewables support, including setting limits on the quantity of new generation procured, and the altering the EEG mechanism in which the cost of the subsidies is recovered outside of the market.

Altmaier's 10 Point Plan - 100% renewable - Renewables International:
...the proposal does not include any specifics, which Altmaier says he plans to present by this fall, including a "proposal for a fundamental revision of the Renewable Energy Act (EEG)," which specifies the country's feed-in tariffs.

Altmaier says he is not ruling out a switch to a quota system in order to slow down the growth of renewables. Over the midterm, the goal would be to "make renewables market-ready and competitive without feed-in tariffs."
Energy efficiency also plays a role in the first item, and Altmaier plans to offer households energy audits for free. The goal is to help people reduce their energy consumption in order to compensate for the rising retail power rates resulting from the energy transition; Altmaier believes consumers could cut power consumption by 30 percent. Ulrich Kelber, deputy whip of the SPD, points out, however, that Altmaier's proposal for energy efficiency is limited to private households, though there is considerable potential for improvement in industry and businesses. He also points out that consumer advocate groups already offer such audits with funding from the federal government. Kelber criticizes Altmaier's proposals for failing to address one of the main issues: the retail power rate is rising even as prices on the power exchange drop, so the market needs to be redesigned.
Emphasis added - in Ontario, the opposite has also been seen to be true: the higher the market price, the lower the actual rate for the vast majority of consumers (see my article here)

The Entire article can be read at Renewables International:
Almaier's 10-points are also the topic of an article on the German Energy Blog

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