Germany mulls RE FIT cuts, caps

The German election will have a deep impact on renewables

The outline plan heralds months of horse-trading

German energy minister Sigmar Gabriel is considering steep cuts to support for onshore wind as well as a cap on its expansion, new hardship for PV, and the introduction of tenders for large renewable projects from 2017 onwards.

Although lacking in detail, the proposals – contained in outline reforms of Germany’s Renewable Energies Act (EEG) – were immediately criticised by the country’s renewables industry as well as state premiers from Gabriel’s own Social Democratic Party (SPD).

That means there is likely to be months of horse-trading before the reforms are brought before parliament in April. The plans will be discussed at a cabinet meeting of Germany’s recently-formed Coalition government on Wednesday and Thursday.

In the outline paper seen by Recharge, Gabriel suggests cuts to support for onshore wind from 2015 of Log in to read complete article.

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