06/23/2015, Berlin

BDEW Congress 2015:

Energy industry calls on Federal Government to hold a structured dialogue

Müller: It can’t go on as it is now / For the first time, the majority of the public no longer believe politicians will resolve these problems

Energy industry calls on Federal Government to hold a structured dialogue. "We are currently experiencing a backlog in the energy policy decision-making process. As a result, a considerable amount of economic pressure is now being exerted on the operators of conventional power stations or combined-heat-and-power plants, for example. A multitude of basic issues regarding the transformation of the energy system in Germany have so far remained unanswered. Politicians should start actively shaping the Energiewende and begin a structured dialogue with all parties concerned," explained Hildegard Müller, President of the General Executive Management Board of the German Association of Energy and Water Industries (BDEW) at the largest industry meeting, the BDEW Congress, held from 23 to 25 June in Berlin.

She also states that a structured dialogue process is necessary in light of the escalating debate between the Federal Government and the federal states in the upper and lower houses of the Bundesrat and Bundestag in terms of important energy issues. In a dialogue, it would be possible to consider the comments of all parties concerned and make political decisions at short notice. This would pave the way for innovations and reassure investors. “Providers, investors and consumers are lacking the necessary planning reliability. However, the Energiewende will only succeed with investments made by the energy companies. Our industry is urgently waiting for fundamental decisions to be made, which keep being deferred. This applies to, among other things, the future energy market structure, the climate change levy, the amendment to the CHP Law, the expansion of the transmission network or the improvement to the investment conditions on a distribution network level. It can’t go on as it is now,” reaffirmed Hildegard Müller.

In the meantime, the outstanding energy policy decisions are now also being reflected in the perception of the public. “It is perceived as increasingly doubtful whether politicians will be able to resolve the pending issues of the Energiewende,” says Müller. For the first time, a majority of 53 per cent do not believe that politicians will resolve these problems; 38 per cent continue to believe they will do so. These values have continued to worsen over the period of a year. One year ago (June 2014), the majority with 52 per cent were still of the opinion that politicians would resolve these problems. Forty per cent said that they would not resolve them. Half a year ago (January 2015), the overall mood was balanced with 47 per cent agreement. These are the initial results of the BDEW Energy Monitor, a representative survey of German citizens. BDEW will publish the full results of the survey in the coming weeks.

This year around 1,400 guests from the worlds of politics, business and science are once again expected at the largest industry event of the energy and water industries. The congress participants will be addressed by, among others, the Vice President of the Energy Union, Maros Sefcovic, Federal Ministers Johanna Wanka and Sigmar Gabriel, Norwegian Vice Minister Kare Fostervold, Chairman of the Board of Siemens Joe Kaeser and numerous other board members and managing directors of municipal utilities and multi-utility companies.


Jan Ulland
Pressesprecher / Press Spokesman