Bavaria: Aiwanger: The federal government is lagging behind when it comes to the topicality of the energy issue

Munich (dpa/lby) - Bavaria's Economics Minister Hubert Aiwanger (free voters) has called on the federal government to hurry up in the fight against an impending shortage of electricity and gas in the coming winter months.

Bavaria: Aiwanger: The federal government is lagging behind when it comes to the topicality of the energy issue

Munich (dpa/lby) - Bavaria's Economics Minister Hubert Aiwanger (free voters) has called on the federal government to hurry up in the fight against an impending shortage of electricity and gas in the coming winter months. He vehemently advocated the continuation of nuclear power where technically possible. All levers must now be set in motion so that nobody has to take a cold shower in the fall, said Aiwanger on Tuesday after a cabinet meeting in Munich. Politicians still have the levers in their hands.

The federal government is three months behind current developments in energy security, Aiwanger said. The head of the Federal Network Agency, Klaus Müller, was also connected to the cabinet meeting. After the conversation with Müller, there were more questions than answers, Aiwanger complained.

The federal government wasted time in a stress test with insufficient parameters. A new stress test must now clearly answer the question: "Can Germany do without nuclear power from January 1, 2023?" He said. "I assume that the last word has not yet been spoken on the subject of nuclear extension." All registers that served to ensure security of supply would now have to be pulled out.

The Greens, for their part, called on Aiwanger to finally take action. "If Hubert Aiwanger and his coalition partner had tackled the energy transition as vigorously as they sing long lamentations today, Bavaria would have half as many worries in terms of energy supply," said Martin Stümpfig, energy policy spokesman for the Greens in the state parliament. The state government is dwarfing itself: "No initiatives of its own, only blame and complaints," said Stümpfig.

It was the state government that not only blocked power lines and wind power for many years, but also until recently called for the construction of 4,000 megawatt gas-fired power plants.

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