Experts back German renewables support

Germany's DIW economic institute has backed the country's feed-in renewable energy support system as the most effective means of boosting renewables and also as cheaper than a quota-based system. It found that even with emissions trading, the system will ensure that renewables account for 12.5% of electricity consumption by 2010. It also said that between 2000 and 2004, households would have paid €1.7bn more for electricity if a quota-based system had been used. Germany's Conservative opposition has hinted of a shift to a quota-based support system if it wins elections in September. See press release.

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