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Germany

Mistaken perceptions

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Wind is on the verge of becoming a victim of its own success. Subsidies in the windiest German states are being diverted to solar -- long before wind has done more than scrape the surface of its ultimate potential. If sound market economics are steering this reallocation of public money, all well and good. Wind is not greedy. But there are fears the decision to favour other renewables is partly based on mistaken perceptions: that solar has greater technical potential and that the social benefits of biomass outclass those of wind. Without market stimulation programmes, wind would not have captured its tiny, but symbolically significant share of today's power generation business. It is too soon to cut the life line.

See articles pp 28-31

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