An attempt to convert some of the "kohlpfennig" levy on electricity bills to a "windpfennig" levy has failed. The kohlpfennig raises money (a massive DEM 5.47 billion in 1992) to support expensive German coal production. Several politicians backed the wind lobby's argument that utilities in Germany's windy north should be allowed to offset the extra cost of paying for wind power against the average 8.5% kohlpfennig. But their attempt was doomed to failure. It soon became apparent that the suggestion that wind plant could be treated with equal importance as coal fired plant was definitely politically unacceptable to the present government.