German economy ministry gets renewables file

Renewable energy issues will now be managed by a new economy ministry headed by SPD chairman and former environment minister Sigmar Gabriel

Renewable energy issues in Germany will now be managed by a new economy ministry headed by SPD chairman Sigmar Gabriel. The environment ministry was previously in charge of this file.

By doing so, the new CDU-SPD hopes to avoid conflicts between the two ministries that shared energy policies in the last government.

Mr Gabriel, who served as environment minister under Angela Merkel’s first term from 2005 to 2009, will oversee Germany’s ongoing energy transition away from nuclear power. However, he is expected to slow down the growth of renewable energy as laid out in the coalition agreement.

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