Renewables rally

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Following the example of German coal miners who staged massive demonstrations in Bonn last March during their successful fight to keep billions of Deutschmark in annual subsidies and prevent job losses, the German wind energy association is planning what it hopes will be a similarly impressive event on September 23. To whip up support for a large pro-renewables rally, the German wind energy association's magazine "Neue Energie" has admittedly manipulated a cover photo this month of a miners' demonstration: the wording on a banner, "German coal -- safe energy -- secure work," had been changed to refer to wind. The many organisations involved in "the first ever federal rally for renewable energies in the history of the Federal Republic of Germany" include Eurosolar and the metal-workers trade union IG Metall. Under the motto "tailwind," the aim is to highlight support for the Electricity Feed Law (EFL) and the premium payments this ensures for renewables generated power as well as for the expansion of renewable energies. The event is timed to follow a hearing on the Electricity Feed Law by the Parliamentary Economics Committee on September 8. Peter Ahmels, chairman of the German wind energy association BWE (Bundesverband Windenergie) hopes this will serve to make members of parliament aware of the consequences of lessening or withdrawing the support granted by the EFL and win their support for the law.

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