"Companies want to invest more and faster in the clean energy of the future," said Kerstin Andreae, chief executive of the Federal Association of Energy and Water Management (BDEW), the newspapers of the Funke media group (Tuesday editions). In order for them to be able to plan their investments in renewable energies, companies in the energy industry would need clear political framework conditions.
"Because of this, many companies were annoyed that the government had held on to the ceiling for the expansion of solar power plants for so long and at the same time wanted to set a strict minimum distance for new wind turbines from settlements," said the former Green Party politician. The industry breathed a sigh of relief when the expansion of solar energy fell. When it comes to wind energy, the federal states are now in demand to avoid space restrictions during expansion, said Andreae. In order to meet the climate protection goals, Andreae would have to build 1.000 additional wind turbines on land in Germany every year.
"That sounds like a lot, but shouldn't be a problem given the size of the country," she told Funke newspapers. Andreae was convinced that “many more people find wind energy good and useful than there are critics.” Nevertheless, more needs to be promoted for renewable energies than clean, affordable and safe energy sources. At the same time, the BDEW general manager urged the expansion of solar energy in cities.
So far, this has been “neglected” because of an inadequate tenant electricity law and too much bureaucracy. The industry hopes to be boosted by the upcoming amendment to the Renewable Energy Sources Act. "The energy transition must reach the cities," said Andreae.