Rheinland Palatinate postpone support programme

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The small state of Rheinland Palatinate (RP) has placed its renewable support programme on ice until at least October 1995; even then the chances of a revival of the programme depend on political support and enough funding to make it worthwhile. Applications for DEM 8 million were made for 1992/93 and DEM 11 million for 1995/95. "But we now have applications for DEM 48 million -- over four times the sum we have available," says Werner Nickels of the Economy Ministry explains. "There was no sense in keeping the programme open as it gave people false hopes of their chances of being granted support." The ministry will seek more cash for 1996/97. In the meantime new rules are being introduced for projects which made it into the support programme before the doors were closed. The intention is to spread what little money there is available over a broader range of projects. For wind, instead of all projects receiving a 25% subsidy towards their capital cost, a ceiling will be introduced of 300 kW. Larger wind turbines will instead receive DEM 0.08/kWh for six years.

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