Brandenburg axes support

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The inland state of Brandenburg has axed its support of renewable energy, including wind, from the beginning of 1997. It will resume support if it is successful in its bid to receive funds from the European Union's so-called EFRE programme, designed to promote the growth of regional economic structures. Originally a decision on its EFRE application was expected in November, but the Brandenburg economy ministry now says this is unlikely before February at the earliest. If the EU Commission approves the allocation of EFRE funds to renewable energy, Brandenburg will receive DEM 4 million a year for four years, a sum it must match from its own budget. About half the resulting DEM 8 million would be earmarked for wind energy. Up until now, Brandenburg in eastern Germany has been the most generous supporter of wind energy of all the inland länder, barring giant North Rhine Westfalia in the west.

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