Greens: State government risks sharply rising electricity costs in Bavaria

According to the Greens in the state parliament, the energy policy of the CSU and Free Voters provokes rising electricity costs for consumers and companies in Bavaria. “As a strong industrial location, it is not only ecologically extremely unwise to rely on electricity imports, but also leads economically on a collision course,” said Green parliamentary group leader Ludwig Hartmann of the dpa. The state government is thus heading towards rising electricity costs in the Free State.

With a view to the electricity summit on Monday in the State Chancellery, Hartmann called for more efforts in the expansion and use of renewable energies. “Our industry should be able to benefit from cheap and clean wind and solar power. For financial reasons alone, we cannot leave clean power generation to others. “

Bavaria has not been able to cover its own and steadily increasing energy needs from its own production for a long time. According to the Ministry of Economic Affairs, the Free State had to import around 12.8 terawatt hours (TWh) in 2018 and around 10.8 TWh in 2019. When the Gundremmingen nuclear power plant in the Swabian district of Günzburg goes offline at the end of this year and the last remaining reactor with the Isar 2 not far from Landshut a year later, the Bavarian energy balance is likely to be even more deficit from the beginning of 2023.

On Monday, Prime Minister Markus Söder (CSU) invited representatives from the Bavarian economy and science as well as Federal Economics Minister Peter Altmaier (CDU) to speak about the challenges of securing the power supply for Bavaria as a business location.

“A large part of the economy is on the same wavelength as the Greens and demands faster action – while Söder continues to prevent wind power,” said Hartmann. Instead of promoting modern and sustainable energy generation, the CSU has dug the grave with the wind power prevention law, the 10H rule, the expansion of wind energy. According to this, wind turbines usually have to be ten times their height away from the nearest residential area. “The expansion of renewable energies, including faster planning and approval procedures, and support for grid expansion should now have priority.”

In order to promote the energy transition in Bavaria as well, Hartmann proposes, among other things, the establishment of a commission of experts to accelerate planning and approval procedures. In addition, a citizens’ council based on the model at the federal level could ensure strong social support for the energy transition. “And we need a renaissance of regional planning associations with better financial and human resources. So that the two percent of the land area required for wind and sun, in which no restrictions such as 10H apply, can be quickly identified. “

The managing director of the parliamentary group of Free Voters in the state parliament, Fabian Mehring, described the criticism of the Greens as “hot air” and an energy-political “ghost”. In recent years there has been “a considerable increase in regenerative energies” through initiatives by the Free Voters, said Mehring. “We have started an exemplary photovoltaic storage program with 50,000 approved applications and the Free State is the front runner in photovoltaic ground-mounted systems.” The Greens, on the other hand, “still owe practicable solutions to this day”.

Unit C of the Gundremmingen nuclear power plant, Bavaria, has been in operation since March 1984. Block A was in operation from 1967 to 1977. Unit B, which went online in 1984, was shut down on December 31, 2017 and Unit C – also commissioned in 1984 – is to follow in 2021. (Image:


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