The Green Youth of Baden-Württemberg calls for more state support for financing the energy transition. At their state membership conference in Merzhausen near Freiburg, the youth organization of the Greens passed a corresponding application on Sunday. In it, the applicants demand that people with little financial room for maneuver should be given sufficient support in order to secure their energy supply in the long term. "For example, the exchange of boilers for climate-neutral heat generation systems should also be subsidized by the state, depending on income, or even taken over completely in cases of hardship," it says.
The youth organization also renewed its criticism of the privatization of energy infrastructure. "As a critical civilian infrastructure, the energy infrastructure belongs in the public domain," the application says. From the point of view of the Green Youth, existing networks and network operators should be bought up by the state.
The background is that the energy company EnBW is planning to sell 49.9 percent of its subsidiary Transnet BW. Half of this is to go to the state-owned KfW bank, while EnBW has started a bidding process for the other half. Transnet's high-voltage grid, which is more than 3,000 kilometers long, is one of a total of four transmission grids in Germany. Wind power is to be transported from the north to the south of the republic on these electricity highways. They perform a task that is crucial for energy security and are indispensable for the transformation of industry in Baden-Württemberg, which depends on "green" electricity.