North Rhine-Westphalia min calls for slower renewable energy expansion - report
Oct 22, 2013 - North Rhine-Westphalia's Economy Minister Garrelt Duin has called for subsidies for conventional power plants and demanded the expansion of renewable energy in the country to continue at a slower pace.
Duin told weekly WirtschaftsWoche in an interview that conventional power needs to be subsidised in order to become attractive for investors. Optimisation of existing fossil fuelled power plants and the development of new ones are necessary in order to secure energy supply by 2022, Duin said.
The minister demanded a new reform to the renewable energy act (EEG) to slow down the renewable power expansion. According to Duin, the energy transition could have negative impact on many municipalities in North Rhine-Westphalia, especially in the Ruhr region, due to the difficulties experienced by the public utilities and main energy supplier RWE (ETR:RWE).