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.
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.