European Parliament rejects proposal on tariffs and grid access

The European Parliament last month rejected a proposal for Germany's system of mandated premium prices for renewables to be extended to the whole of Europe. The proposal was put forward as a draft Directive and somewhat confusingly also allowed for a competitive tender system to be run alongside the German "command and control" approach (Windpower Monthly, June 1998). It had been drawn up by German member of parliament Rolf Linkohr and put forward by the parliament's Committee for Energy, Research and Technological Development (CERT). The parliament has no powers to make European law, but Linkohr had hoped his document would provide guidance for the Commission. "There is now a danger that the EU Commission and Council of Ministers will relax their efforts to support renewable energies," says Linkohr. He asks where the ECU 80-100 billion needed to double the share of renewables in the EU from 6% to 12% -- as proposed by the EC's White Paper on renewables -- is to come from.

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