Energy association chief says Germany ought to favour gas over coal

The head of Germany’s biggest energy industry associations, BDEW, or Federal Association of Energy and Water Management says the government ought to be using gas-fired power to backbone the Energiewende, or energy transition.

At the moment, while Germany is benefiting from a huge influx of renewables, it is primarily reliant on coal for its energy security, due to the intermittency of green energy.
BDEW's chief executive, Stefan Kapferer
BDEW’s chief executive, Stefan Kapferer, said that power-to-gas technology, using surplus wind energy, should be rolled out in Germany and told Euractiv he wants “a clear commitment to gas” from the country’s lawmakers in order to meet the 2050 climate protection plan.

Kapferer laid downà‚ four specific areas in which gas should be used. Firstly, in securing Germany’s heat supply, a factor in which gas still remains indispensable. Secondly, using the fuel source in natural gas-powered cars.

Thirdly, gas power should be used as a back-up for renewable energies, which can be intermittent. Lastly, surplus electricity produced by Germany’s wind farms should be converted into gas fuel using power-to-gas technology.

“We have work to do there,” Kapferer told reporters at the beginning of the month during a presentation of a BDEW survey on natural gas’s role in the German Energiewende.

He also insisted that fuel produced via power-to-gas would be green. But he acknowledged that it is only in Germany’s windy northern regions where there is viable potential for its use.

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