Published September 21, 2013
BERLIN – German utility EnBW has put on hold investments worth billions of euros in offshore wind energy because decisions on future state aid have been delayed pending the outcome of federal elections, its chief executive told a newspaper.
"Future framework conditions for the energy sector must urgently be clarified," Frank Mastiaux told Stuttgarter Zeitung in an interview published on Saturday.
"How is industry supposed to take decisions on investments if it doesn't know the respective conditions?" he said.
EnBW and its larger German peers E.ON
The decision entailed the immediate shutdown of 40 percent of Germany's nuclear capacity, including two of EnBW's reactors.
Mastiaux also called for state incentives to encourage conventional power generation, utilities' core business, which has been hurt by a boom in renewable energy.
A spokesman for Karlsruhe-based EnBW did not immediately return a call seeking comment.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel looks on track to win a third term in the federal election on Sunday but faced a battle to preserve her center-right majority and avert a potentially divisive coalition with the center-left.
(Reporting by Andreas Cremer; Editing by Pravin Char)