In February, the German Federal Minister of Economics Rösler and the German Federal Environment Minister Röttgen presented a common position of the German Federal Government on photovoltaic compensation and the EU Energy Efficiency Directive. Both ministers stated that the proposals serve the accelerated implementation and success of the energy transition. The energy transition is one of the most important infrastructure and modernisation projects for the coming decades, they said.
Cost efficiency and the right economic incentives were major criteria for its success and for its acceptance. Rösler and Röttgen stressed their will to work together to rapidly take the energy transition project to success. Since the decision by federal and state governments to proceed with the energy transition, the ministers said, it has been implemented step by step. Reference was made to the Grid Expansion Acceleration Act and the planned submission of a grid development plan this summer. With the participation of the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Technologie, BMWi), the Federal Environment Ministry (Bundesministerium für Umwelt, Naturschutz und Reaktorsicherheit, BMU) plans to establish a "Renewable Energy Sources Platform" in particular to carry out planning for the expansion of renewables and for improved coordination with grid expansion. A steering committee at the level of state secretaries of the German Federal Government led by the BMWi and the BMU is to coordinate efforts to implement the energy system transition. The principles and structuring of monitoring of the energy system transition have also been agreed.