Germany

Germany

NEW ONE HUNDRED MEGAWATT PROGRAMME

In Germany a DEM 100 million, three year renewables programme will start on July 1, with DEM 20 million allocated to wind, limited to a maximum of DEM 100,000 per plant -- enough to subsidise installation of around 200 turbines, or 100 MW. The low budget is criticised by environmentalists and defended by the government.

A new three year renewables programme in Germany, financed by the federal economy ministry, will start on July 1, with DEM 20 million allocated to wind. The total budget is DEM 100 million, much lower than the DEM 3.5 billion, over five to seven years, for which the renewables lobby had fought. Wind support is limited to a maximum of DEM 100,000 per plant and is enough to subsidise installation of around 200 turbines, or 100 MW.

At last month's Hannover renewables congress, the ministry's permanent under-secretary, Heinrich Kolb, defended the low budget -- which conflicts directly with the government's policy of supporting renewables. He pointed out that cash allocations for renewables in the federal budget have increased at a rate seldom seen for other sectors -- from DEM 10 million in one year to DEM 100 million spread over the next three. His explanations were met with considerable scepticism by delegates. "Ridiculously small," was the widespread verdict.

The government still favours the introduction of a CO2/energy tax with two provisos, continued Kolb. The tax must be introduced Europe-wide and be fiscally neutral.

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