Berlin accuses Brussels of trying to scupper the Energiewende.

FT: “Brussels and Berlin traded barbs on Thursday amid a bitter row over EU competition rules allegedly scuppering reforms to Germany’s prized renewable energy programme.”
“In an unusually pointed public statement, Brussels hit back at Sigmar Gabriel, the German vice-chancellor, for accusing the competition watchdog of trying to hold Germany “hostage” with unjustified and arbitrary demands.
The dispute relates to the billions of euros of German public subsidies deployed to promote the energiewende shift to renewables while at the same time shielding heavy industry from the costs. Brussels raised questions over the system being discriminatory and penalising consumers in order to help big industry.
Germany plans to generate up to 60 per cent of its electricity from renewable sources by 2035, as part of a radical shift in energy supply which involves a complete exit from nuclear power.
The expansion of clean energy has been encouraged by a generous system of subsidies paid to renewables operators. These have been funded by surcharges that have left Germany with some of the highest household electricity bills in Europe.
….With Berlin’s deadline for a Bundestag vote drawing closer, Mr Gabriel showed little appetite to compromise. Speaking in the Bundestag on Thursday, he accused the commission of wanting to “destroy” the energiewende.
“We will not collaborate in this attack [which aims] to destroy the renewable energy legislation,” he said.”