Dhe northern German non-city states are in favor of dividing Germany into different price zones for electricity. According to a report by “Welt am Sonntag”, the countries want to ensure more justice in electricity prices. “If I live or produce where the energy is produced or landed, this energy must also be cheaper there,” said Lower Saxony’s Energy Minister Olaf Lies (SPD) quoted. The north has been bearing the brunt of the energy transition for years.
According to the report, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania’s Energy Minister Reinhard Meyer (SPD) criticized: “The level of electricity grid fees burdens end consumers and disadvantages the north German business location.” electricity prices have to cope with.
According to the report, Schleswig-Holstein’s Energy Transition Minister Tobias Goldschmidt (Greens) calls a division into price zones “the logical consequence of the energy policy mistake” of Bavarian state governments. For more than 15 years, they have sabotaged the expansion of power grids and wind power. It is “simply no longer possible to explain to the people in the north why they have to pay the bill for it”.
Bavaria refers to state financial equalization
The Bavarian state government reacted with outrage and made an offsetting calculation with the state financial equalization system. prime minister Markus Soder (CSU) argued on Bayerischer Rundfunk (BR) that the Free State mainly supplies itself with its own green electricity. “But what is most absurd is that Bavaria pays nine billion in financial equalization.” Economics Minister Hubert Aiwanger (free voters) said on Saturday: “We now need a price cap for electricity and gas and the assumption of the additional costs from the federal budget.” Not effective is, on the other hand, “a small-scale debate about grid fees and electricity price zones.”
The Bavarian Finance Minister Albert Füracker (CSU) spoke of “very irritating suggestions from red-green ministers from the north” that lacked any technical basis. “It is simply wrong that Bavaria would have neglected the expansion of renewable energies,” said Füracker. Bavaria takes the top spot in terms of the proportion of regeneratively generated energy, for example from the sun, water and biomass. Overall, Bavaria is in second place in the ranking of the federal states for the production of renewable electricity.
In the past, demands for a new regulation of the so-called distribution grid fees have repeatedly come from the north. Critics have repeatedly pointed out that regions with a lot of renewable energy, for example from wind power, are burdened with higher fees.
“If, after the EU, the northern German federal states are now also discussing whether Germany needs two electricity price zones, that shows how badly the CSU has failed in terms of energy policy,” said the parliamentary group leader of the Greens in the Bundestag, Katharina Dröge, at the weekend. The Bavarian Prime Minister Markus Söder must “finally present an immediate plan for the expansion of wind energy.” The 10H distance rule for wind in Bavaria must fall. The rule stipulates that wind turbines should be at least ten times their height from residential buildings.