Lower Saxony's environment minister fears regression in the energy transition

Wind turbines, about dts
Wind turbines, about dts
Lower Saxony's Environment and Energy Minister Olaf Lies (SPD) has described the amendment to the Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG) as a step backwards for the energy transition.

"I warn of a gigantic step backwards in wind power, should the federal government refuse to give the old systems transitional aid," said Lies "Zeit-Online". He also called for a connection regulation for older wind turbines.

“The older systems have to keep running and we have to secure their output. Otherwise we will not achieve our climate targets. ”Wind turbines with an output of 15.000 megawatts will not be eligible for funding from the Renewable Energy Sources Act in the next five years and are threatened with shutdown. For solar systems, however, a transition aid is provided in the EEG amendment. Lower Saxony is the state with the most wind turbines. Lies also criticized the fact that the EEG draft did not remove the hurdles for replacing wind turbines with more efficient systems (repowering) and for building new systems. “We need relief for repowering. The reform offers absolutely nothing in this regard, ”said Lies. Hurdles include requirements for flight safety, which are higher in this country than in other countries, rules on distances to residential buildings and requirements for species protection. A draft of the EEG amendment was recently available. It should be passed by the cabinet in the coming weeks.