Freiburg (dpa/lsw) - With a view to the energy crisis, Minister of Agriculture Peter Hauk (CDU) sees great potential in increasing the production of biogas plants. Hauk wants to promote this at the gas summit planned for next week. "We currently have around 1000 biogas plants in Baden-Württemberg. They would be able to increase their production by 15 to 30 percent in the short term," he told the "Badische Zeitung" (Wednesday). "That's a house number." Biogas can, for example, contribute to the fact that no electricity has to be generated from natural gas. He intends to present his proposals at the country's gas summit on July 25.
He spoke to biogas operators on the subject and also had a key issues paper drawn up. The companies could produce more, but have not been able to do so so far because of “a series of caps”. "These regulations must be made more flexible and adjusted in terms of time," he said. The country can do this. "And it would work this winter," he said in an interview with the newspaper. "My goal is for us to completely rethink biogas."