Germany

Germany

FRAMEWORK FOR MARKET STIMULATION

A renewable energy expert working group, spawned from the "energy consensus talks" which dominated German energy politics for most of 1993, continues to discuss ways of encouraging development of clean energies. According to Uwe Carstensen of the German wind association, "A strong grouping has emerged which is seriously searching for a framework for market stimulation of renewables. " Apparently the federal economy ministry has no objections. The proposed programme would make DEM 1.5-3.0 billion available for a period of five years for subsidies of 10-30% of the capital cost of renewables plant. The consensus talks were aimed at finding a new all-party agreement over future energy policy, but broke down last autumn in the face of irreconcilable differences between the political parties over nuclear power. Renewable energies were given very short shrift during the talks, a fact which was recognised, however, and led to the formation of the expert group of politicians, members of industry and renewables representatives.

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