EU energy chief asks Germany to drop energy isolation
“Germany has to make its energy transformation compatible with Europe,” Oettinger said on the opening day of Germany’s most prestigious energy gathering, the three-day annual Handelsblatt conference. “Germany will only succeed and we will only get the authority to speak for our energy interests worldwide when we in the EU act as partners,” he added.
Oettinger, a German national, has often criticised the speed of Germany’s shift away from nuclear energy after the 2011 Fukushima disaster. The shift entails supporting renewable energy at ever-rising costs, burdening consumers with higher prices and distorting market patterns via supply volatility.