Ulrich Kelber Interview

Published at “Milkthesun” here (in German language).

Ulrich Kelber is a leading SPD politician and responsible for energy policy. He makes a couple of interesting points.

For one, while it costs some money to develop solar and other renewable capacity in Germany, many of the existing fossil fuel power plants would have needed to be replaced anyway. The alternative to paying for sun and wind is not paying nothing, but paying for dirty energy, with rising fuel costs.

And energy efficiency policy is not successful in Germany, in Kelber’s opinion. The law on priority for renewable energy works nicely, but Germany needs to do much more for saving energy

Related post: Ulrich Kelber on German feed-in tariff

Published by kflenz

Professor at Aoyama Gakuin University, Tokyo. Author of Lenz Blog (since 2003, lenzblog.com).

5 thoughts on “Ulrich Kelber Interview

  1. I’m curious as to what more can be done to improve energy efficiency in Germany? Personally, I’m a big fan of the EnEV building standards, especially of Passivhaus standard adoption for EnEV2015. Germany is certainly far, far ahead of Japan regarding building code.


  2. The first thing to do is to get rid of the FDP in the election coming up this year. They are blocking all progress they can.

    You are right that Germany is ahead of Japan with building standards, but there is still a long way to go. There is a new EU Directive on efficiency, which Germany will need to transpose by June 2014. Now that you mention it, I should be blogging about that, and I just wrote a post on the basics of this area.



  3. Thanks for writing about this! I need to read more about the EU directive.

    Meanwhile, I hope that Japan can enact building energy efficiency laws as soon as possible. The current situation is outrageous as there are no efficiency rules in the building code here, at all. Buildings use about 40% of primary energy in Japan, and about 70% of electric power. No building code is leading to massive waste.

    Unlike in the EU, or at the US DOE, the Japanese govt statistics on energy focus on energy consumption sectors which are include buildings in all. The result is a horrible lack of transparency which hamstrings understanding and hinders intelligent policy making.


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