The new package includes an increase in solar capacity, to be awarded through tenders, and the mandatory installation of photovoltaic systems in all commercial buildings.
From magazine pv germany
Since December, Robert Habeck has been leading the new Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Protection – or BMWK, for short. On Tuesday, the green politician unveiled his “climate protection record” and presented his plans for the coming months. “We are starting with a drastic deficit,” he told a news conference. “Previous climate protection measures are insufficient in all sectors and it is foreseeable that the climate targets for 2022 and 2023 will not be met.”
The new measures will be implemented through two different pieces of legislation. First, several provisions that could be implemented quickly will be included in what Habeck called the “Easter package,” which is expected to arrive in the spring and go through the parliamentary process in early summer. In addition, there will be a “summer package” with additional measures which will then be decided by the two branches of the German parliament – the Bundestag and the Bundesrat – in the second half of the year. Habeck is aiming for the necessary state aid approval by the European Commission for the two climate protection laws this year.
At the heart of the new German government coalition, formed by the Social Democrats (SPD), the Greens and the Liberals (FDP), is to increase the share of renewable energies to 80% of gross electricity consumption by 2030. This goes hand in hand with higher targets for photovoltaics and wind power. Installed photovoltaic capacity is expected to increase by around 140 to 200 GW by 2030. In Habeck’s opening balance sheet, a gradual increase in annual expansion to 20 GW, by 2028, is planned. In 2029 and 2030 it should then remain stable at 20 GW per year. For the current year, the ministry expects only a slight increase, of the order of 7 GW.
The Minister wants to ensure a strong increase in the demand for photovoltaics with a new version of the German law on renewable energies, known as EEG. In the amendment to the law, which is to be made in the spring, the course must be set for larger volumes in tenders. “Technology-specific capabilities are designed to be growing, starting from a very ambitious level from the start,” the Minister said.
But higher bidding volumes alone will not suffice and solar is expected to be released with a “broad package of individual measures”. This includes increasing the current size limits in tenders and providing more areas for solar parks while respecting nature conservation criteria. The government has also agreed on compulsory photovoltaic systems for new commercial buildings while, for new residential buildings, the coalition wants the installation of photovoltaic systems to become the rule.
The reduction in the price of electricity is also of capital importance for the new federal government in order to electrify more strongly the heating and transport sectors, in particular. In the coming year, the EEG surcharge should therefore be financed by the federal budget and no longer by the electricity bills paid by consumers. The government hopes that heat pumps and electric cars will become more attractive and this should also be triggered by the Easter package.
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