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Baden-Württemberg investors left high and dry

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Baden-Württemberg's grudging support of wind energy is frustrating would-be developers. With the public purse empty, the support programme for renewable energies was frozen earlier this year, leaving over 3000 applications for renewables aid on ice. Now, economy minister Walter Döring has introduced a new programme from September. But it offers no more than low interest loans. And turbines must be rated at 500 kW or more to be eligible for loans of up to DEM 1 million, or DEM 1500/kW; for wind parks the limit is DEM 2 million. This new approach is having a devastating effect on wind operators who, though selected for aid, were unaware of the programme's changes. Among them, Peter Griebl of Achern was promised support last year of around 25% of the investment for his third turbine (a Seewind 100 kW unit), now operating on the Hornisgrinde. Under the new programme, he receives no support. So outraged is Griebl that he intends to take the Baden-Württemberg government to court. A separate plan to build four turbines on the Hornisgrinde, in co-operation with the parishes of Sasbach, Sasbachwalden and Seebach, is also hanging in thin air: the new support programme rules out aid for parishes.

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