Munich (dpa/lby) - The Bavarian energy suppliers advocate the construction of 2000 new wind turbines and a fivefold increase in photovoltaic capacity in Bavaria. This could cover the majority of Bavaria's electricity requirements in the balance for a year, said Detlef Fischer, general manager of the Association of Bavarian Energy and Water Management (VBEW), the Munich Merkur (Saturday). "If we don't manage to provide enough energy in Bavaria, our industrial location and thus our prosperity will be in serious jeopardy."
Fischer accused the state government of having been inactive when it came to energy supply in recent years: "In recent years there has actually been no Bavarian energy policy at all, people have relied on the federal government and have been content with a few energy summits where citizens' initiatives, who were against anything, spoke."
Above all, Fischer called for faster approvals: "We can't wage a religious war in every village for years for every photovoltaic system, for every wind turbine and for every power line."
According to the head of the association, the majority of the energy required in Germany should be produced in Germany itself as cheaply as possible, "also to protect our industrial location from blackmail". Fischer does not believe that energy prices will ever fall back to the level they were used to before the Corona crisis and the Ukraine war: "They will probably fall, but the days of cheap energy are over."