Roadmap for Germany's energy reforms
New steering group at State Secretary level co-ordinates next steps for the Federal Government to implement the energy reforms
Joint press release by the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology and the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety
The Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (BMWi) and the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) agree: the package of measures adopted in summer 2011 to implement Germany's energy reforms will continue to be implemented without delay. The new steering committee on the energy reforms is chaired jointly by State Secretary Stefan Kapferer (BMWi) and State Secretary Jürgen Becker (BMU), and its first meeting discussed the implementation status of the energy reforms with the other relevant ministries and co-ordinated the next specific steps.
State Secretary Kapferer said: "Nearly a year after the decisions to reform Germany's energy supply, the whole of the Federal Government is continuing to pull in the same direction. We are working flat out to implement the reforms. Here, the focus is on the five fields of action: grid expansion, renewable energy, energy efficiency, power plants, and energy research and storage technology."
State Secretary Becker said: "The energy reforms are progressing at full speed. We are making rapid progress on expanding renewable energy, and we will build on the dynamism and the broad public acceptance of the energy policies to make sure that the difficult issues are also resolved rapidly."
Both state secretaries in the lead ministries for the energy reforms welcomed the constructive atmosphere at the first session of the steering group.
The new steering group, chaired jointly by the BMWi and the BMU, is to convene every six months. The various ministries will report on the status of the implementation of the energy reforms, set priorities, evaluate what has happened so far, and co-ordinate the next steps.