Saxony-Anhalt's Minister President Reiner Haseloff has called for a fair distribution of grid fees for electricity consumers. Companies in regions where there is a particularly strong expansion of renewable energies should not be disadvantaged, the CDU politician said at the start of the East German Energy Forum in Leipzig on Wednesday. Saxony-Anhalt is still one of the pioneers in the expansion of renewable energies. This must also be reflected in terms of price.
At the East German Energy Forum, 400 representatives from politics, science, the energy industry and East German SMEs will discuss solutions for implementing the energy turnaround until Thursday. The forum has been a think tank and expert forum on the energy turnaround since 2012 and highlights the specific challenges of eastern Germany in this process.
The president of the Brandenburg-Berlin business association, Burkhardt Greiff, demanded in a statement a reduced electricity price not only for energy-intensive beacons. "The enterprises in East Germany, 80 percent of the companies have no more than 20 to 30 employees, need a middle class electricity price."
As a prelude, Haseloff spoke with experts about the future energy supply of the middle class economy. In addition, Saxony's Prime Minister Michael Kretschmer (CDU) discussed with representatives from the energy and automotive industries about how the production of energy transition technologies can be strengthened and accelerated. Activists from the Bund für Umwelt und Naturschutz (BUND) Saxony had demonstrated in front of the conference venue on Wednesday. According to their own statements, they wanted to draw attention to the inadequate expansion of renewable energies in the Free State of Saxony. They also called for an accelerated phase-out of lignite that respects the internationally legally binding 1.5-degree limit of the Paris climate agreement. This means a maximum remaining lignite output in the Lusatian region of 205 million tons.
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