Court backs German renewables support
Germany's highest court has rejected a legal challenge to the government's renewable energy support law, which requires utilities to purchase renewably generated electricity. Environment minister Jürgen Trittin expressed delight at the judgement, which he said gave a "green light" to renewable energy. PreussenElektra subsidiary Schleswag had alleged that the requirement was incompatible with both the German constitution and EU law. The court reaffirmed that power firms have "a special responsibility to generate electricity in an efficient and environmentally friendly way". See German federal high court, and environment ministry press release.