Energy: Heating subsidies could be based on the condition of old appliances

Heating subsidy could be based on the condition of the old device

Federal Finance Minister Christian Lindner comments on heating subsidies. photo

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The traffic light coalition has reached an agreement on the controversial building energy law. Christian Lindner now warns against exaggerated expectations and limited possibilities for the state when it comes to heating subsidies.

In the opinion of Federal Finance Minister Christian Lindner, government funding for climate-friendly heating systems could be based on the condition of the device to be replaced.

“Graduation could be based on how old and dirty the heating is that is to be renewed,” said the FDP chairman of the “Bild am Sonntag”. “People who have little money tend to have heaters that are older. In this respect, there is a social component involved.”

At the same time, Lindner warned against exaggerated expectations. State funding opportunities are limited. “We are currently working on a funding program that will be considerable. However, one must never forget that in the end it is always the taxpayers who pay for it.”

The traffic light coalition has reached a compromise on the controversial building energy law by banning the installation of new gas and oil heating systems. According to information from the Federal Economics Ministry and the Federal Building Ministry on Friday, there is a completed draft law that has been supported by all three parties. He should promptly go to the state and association hearing and then to the cabinet.

According to this, the core principle remains that from January 1, 2024, every newly installed heating system must be operated with 65 percent renewable energies. However, there should be exceptions, transition periods and comprehensive funding. According to the information, the originally planned replacement obligation for functioning oil and gas heating systems will be waived.


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