German energy regulation law finalised

A German parliamentary mediation committee has finalised a law creating a new electricity and gas price regulator. Environment minister Jürgen Trittin welcomed the deal, which he said preserved existing rules on priority to renewables and created a legal framework for feeding in biogas to the natural gas supply grid. However, Mr Trittin and environmental group Bund both criticised a dilution of requirements on power source labelling for consumers. Nuclear-generated electricity will still have to be identified, but power from renewables will not. See German environment ministry press release and backgrounder.

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