Court of Auditors report incomprehensible for BMWi

The Federal Audit Office gives the energy transition a devastating testimony. The answer of the Federal Ministry of Economics (BMWi): The report of the Court of Auditors is partially incomprehensible for the BMWi.

On Twitter, the BMWi replies to our articles on power supply, electricity prices and the corresponding report by the Federal Audit Office in 9 tweets.

We have summarized and commented on these below. Link to the tweets from the BMWi.

Court of Auditors report incomprehensible for BMWi

To the criticism of the Federal Audit Office

“The criticism of the Federal Court of Auditors (BRH) in areas of the implementation of the energy transition multi-generation project is not new and largely incomprehensible.”
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“Rather, it is correct: The energy transition is an innovation and success project that is embedded in Europe and is also very well received internationally and which we are also promoting in Europe with the Green Deal.”
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However, there is no specific indication of what is not comprehensible in the report of the Court of Auditors. However, the Court of Auditors immediately rejects this criticism.

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On the subject of security of supply

“The security of supply in DEU is comprehensively guaranteed and especially in international comparison it is very high. That the supply of electricity in DEU is very reliable is demonstrated in particular by the so-called SAIDI index ……”
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However, the SAIDI index has absolutely nothing to do with the basic supply problems that arise from the shutdown of nuclear and coal-fired power plants. Anyone who cites this index as an argument in connection with the Court of Auditors’ criticism only shows that he did not understand the actual problem at all.

At the electricity price

“The most sustainable means of combating rising electricity prices and energy costs is to implement the energy transition as cost-effectively as possible. We are continuing to work on this at full speed. We have switched the promotion of renewable energies to tenders.”
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“BReg has also stabilized the EEG surcharge in 2021, which threatened to rise due to the corona pandemic, with a subsidy from the budget. Federal Minister Peter Altmaier has made it clear that we will have to further reduce the EEG surcharge in the medium term and ultimately abolish it entirely.”
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At least the BMWi admits the high electricity prices, that simply cannot be denied. Partial financing of the EEG costs from other budget funds, i.e. taxes, is not a cost reduction, but just a shift to another department. This redistributes the costs to an even smaller group, because there are probably less effective taxpayers than electricity customers. We have already described how unrealistic it is to abolish the EEG surcharge in the article “Altmaier wants to abolish the EEG surcharge“.

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Reference to monitor report

“The BReg comments annually on the progress and status of the energy transition in a transparent monitoring process. The reports and the related statements of the independent expert commission are always published and made available in a transparent manner.”
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“In reports, comprehensive statements are made on all topics that the Federal Audit Office also addresses.”
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In this monitor report in particular, several experts doubt that the government is making correct assumptions about future electricity consumption and thus support the statement of the Court of Auditors. We already reported in February about this in our article: “Researchers confirm – government is wrong about the energy transition“.

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Presumably there must first be a Europe-wide blackout that the Ministry of Economic Affairs shows insight. The Federal Network Agency also shows a deficit of 36 GW on the generator side in the network development plan, due to the shutdown of the remaining nuclear power plants and other coal-fired power plants. By ignoring the facts, a lot of time is unfortunately lost and that in turn will cost us a lot of money in retrospect.