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Germany

On quotas and fixed prices

Regarding the cost of wind energy in Germany, the author asks why a bureaucratically fixed quota should be any better than a bureaucratically fixed minimum price. Utilities would be none the happier. Power generated with wind energy by independent power producers would remains power that utilities have not generated.

I was rather surprised by your editorial, "Beauty and the Beast" (Windpower Monthly, April 1997). Why should a bureaucratically fixed quota be any better than a bureaucratically fixed minimum price? And why should Germany -- which with an installed wind power capacity of 1600 MW has overtaken the USA -- now pin its hopes on a competitive market for renewables like that in Britain or on green pricing?

Why should the electricity utilities be any happier with such schemes? Power generated with wind energy by independent power producers remains power that they have not generated. The crucial issue is not the financing of renewables, but the future structure of our energy supply. Renewable energies have to see this battle with the beast through or they will continue to play just a marginal role.

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