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Change in German energy policy – an international role model or an industrial worst-case scenario?

EU Commissioner Günther Oettinger

EU Commissioner Günther Oettinger will present the proposals from the EU Commission for the further expansion of renewable energy at the 3rd Handelsblatt Annual Conference “Renewable Energy” (27 to 29 August 2012, Berlin).               

Harmonising renewable energy
Oettinger was critical of the many different incentive models being used in the member countries at the presentation of the EU strategy papers for renewable energy. He called for greater harmonisation and increased market integration in order to continue to guarantee a reliable investment environment for the renewable energy sector.

Change in German energy policy and consequences for Europe
The German withdrawal from nuclear energy and the change in energy policy has been viewed very differently by international observers. In Germany’s neighbouring countries in particular, the risks involved in the restructuring of energy provision have been discussed and the effects on the network and electricity prices have been viewed critically.

Jean-François Conil-Lacoste (EPEX Spot SE), Pierre-Yves Madignier (RTE – Réseau de transporte d’electricité) and Boris Schucht (50Hertz Transmission GmbH) will be discussing the consequences of the change in German energy policy for the security of supply in Europe and the possibilities for a further convergence of the electricity market.                                                                                                                                                                    

Record investment in renewable energy
Renewable energy experienced a renewed boom in investment in 2011, with a worldwide investment volume of $257 billion. Investment in the renewable energy sector in 2011 was 94% greater than before the financial crisis.
(Source: UNEP Study Global Trends in Renewable Energy Investments, 11 June 2012). Against the background of an ongoing crisis of confidence in the financial markets, Dr Werner Hoyer (European Investment Bank) will discuss the current investment possibilities for renewable projects.

Meeting place for the renewable energy sector
The Handelsblatt Annual Conference “Renewable Energy” has already established itself as one of the most important sector meeting points for investors, plant manufacturers and operators, as well as for energy providers and industry representatives. Over 300 participants are expected to attend the event, which will be held over three days for the first time, to satisfy the growing interest in European and international developments within the

The complete conference programme can be viewed on the Internet at: 

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