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German renewable feed-in tariffs under attack

German power firms are pushing for the country's successful "feed-in" renewable energy support system of fixed tariffs to be replaced by more "market friendly" quotas, it emerged on Monday. The move by utility association VDEW drew condemnations by environment minister Jürgen Trittin and renewable energy association BEE. The cost of feed-in is already a political issue even within the government (EED 19/01/05). There is speculation that VDEW is positioning itself for the centre-right to oust the current "red/green" coalition in elections next autumn. See press releases from VDEW, environment ministry and BEE.

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