German municipal utilities demand energy transition to be biggest priority
Oct 23, 2013 - The German association for local public utilities VKU has called for the governing parties to give the highest priority to a reform in the energy transition policy during the next legislative period, VKU said on Tuesday.
According to VKU's head, Hans-Joachim Reck, the government should take actions in order to ensure security of the electricity supply and a cost-efficient energy transition. The current legislation is making an efficient expansion of green energy impossible, Reck added.
VKU proposed earlier in March a new integrated energy market design which focuses on security of power supply, competitiveness and environmental compatibility of the renewable power plants.
The association also demands more flexible and efficient conventional power plants to balance the renewable energy sources. Fossil powered facilities can no longer operate profitably in the current energy market and many of the plants are threatened of a shut-down, according to VKU. Thus the utilities have appealed to politicians to create a new legal framework setting the right incentives for investors and operators.