27 Jun '14, 9pm

German lawmakers back wide-ranging revision of country's renewable energy law #green

German lawmakers back wide-ranging revision of country's renewable energy law #green

After a week in which parliamentary factions clashed over a last minute, EU-requested amendment to the proposed law, the modified energy law received support from 78 percent of legislators. Those who voted against the changes said they will only serve to shift the burden of supporting renewables from businesses and industry to private citizens. Among other things, the legislation approved on Friday places limits on just how much onshore wind and biomass will qualify for full subsidies and also lowers targets for offshore wind and solar. After the vote in parliament, Sigmar Gabriel, Germany's Economy Minister, told reporters the new support scheme was needed by excessive power price increases are making the expansion of renewables unsustainable. In the wake of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster in Japan in 2011, Chancellor Angela Merkel announced her intention to shut a...

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