The German trade union for mining, chemicals and energy industries, along with Bavaria's chemical associations, warned on Monday that the state's electricity supply is in jeopardy. "The situation is extremely serious. The current energy policy is lastingly jeopardizing Bavaria as an industrial location," they said in a joint statement.
Wind and solar energy cannot perform reliably, they argued. A realistic alternative must be provided by those who want to also eliminate coal-based power generation after the last of the nuclear power plants is shut down in 2022, they said.
It is "apparently being completely disregarded" that the use of electricity instead of fossil fuels, the digitalisation of the economy and the move towards e-mobility will "greatly increase the amount of needed electricity," the trade union and chemical industry said.
German electricity prices are already not competitive as is, they argued, adding that those who additionally challenge the north-south electricity flows are acting more than recklessly. They called on the state government to make the safe and affordable supply of electricity a top priority, so as to protect Bavaria's prosperity and jobs.
According to the statement, the 400 companies in Bavaria's chemical and pharmaceutical industry are responsible for 90,000 jobs and another 180,000 among its suppliers, craftsmen and service providers. Twenty-five per cent of Germany's electricity is consumed by households and 45 per cent by industry, it said.
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