29 Jun '11, 9pm

Germany to substantially increase geothermal feed-in tariffs:

Germany to substantially increase geothermal feed-in tariffs:

Germany wants to do for geothermal energy what it has done for wind, solar photovoltaics, and biogas by raising its payment for geothermally generated electricity in 2012. Feed-in tariffs, or fixed payments for the electricity generated by wind turbines, solar panels, and biogas power plants, have pushed Germany to world leadership in renewable energy development, most of which is in small distributed applications. However, Germany is in the "also ran" category in geothermal energy, tying Ethiopia for the amount of capacity installed. Even France, a country not known as a hotbed of renewable energy development, has more than twice the installed geothermal generating capacity as Germany. In the year 2000, Germany introduced a system of differentiated feed-in tariffs to pay for renewable energy generation. The policy pays one price for wind energy, another for solar energy, ...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/energy-policy/2011-06-29-germany-to-...

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