Hope on retroactive FIT-cut as German talks stall

Peter Altmaier is greeted by campaigners ahead of talks with the states

Peter Altmaier is greeted by campaigners ahead of talks with the states

Talks between German environment minister Peter Altmaier and his counterparts from the country’s states over government plans for cuts to support for renewables failed today – although Recharge understands one key element of the proposals could be off the table.

While no overall deal was reached, a government official told Recharge that a proposal for an additional 1.5%-cut in FITs to already-producing plants will probably not go ahead.

Renewables groups and opposition politicians had rallied strongly against such retroactive cuts to support.

Altmaier and the state environment ministers also agreed that exemptions to heavy industries from paying the surcharge that funds renewables support should be reduced, but they can’t agree by how much, the official said.

The meeting came ahead of a gathering on Thursday between German Chancellor Angela Merkel and state premiers that is supposed to seal a consensus over the proposals.

Merkel needs the Log in to read complete article.

Become a Recharge subscriber!

Or try our free trial.

Order Subscription

Already a member?

Login


Recharge Monthly Magazine

  • Most Popular