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German Political Parties

The following parties provide insights into the political landscape of the German Energiewende

Free Democrats (FDP)

The party Free Democrats is a neoliberal party in Germany. It takes a liberal view based on economic competition and market self-regulation. The Free Democrats are against further subsidies for renewable energies in Germany.

Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD)

The SPD (Social Democratic Party) represents the interests of the German working class, especially unions. It is the largest left party in Germany but has lost voters to “die Linke” (the Left) and the Green Party.

Quotas for renewable energy

Countries have implemented different systems to encourage investments in renewables – one of these is determining quotas for companies to meet.

German Green party

The German green party (in German: Bündnis 90/Die Grünen) is dedicated to climate protection. The guidelines of the party are environmental policies based on ecological, economic and social sustainability.

Passive house

A passive house is a highly efficient building (residential or otherwise) that “passively” uses solar heat (sunshine) to drastically reduce the need for “active” heating and cooling, such as from an air conditioner and heating system.

Final energy (gross energy)

Gross energy includes energy consumption within the energy sector along with distribution losses; final energy is the energy that reaches your doorstep as fuel or electricity. In other words, losses in production and transport are not included.

Energy poverty

Energy poverty is the lack of adequate warmth, cooling, lighting and the energy to power appliances. More than 50 million households in the EU are impacted by energy poverty.