German biomass law enters into force

Germany's biomass ordinance became law yesterday, opening the way for increased electricity production from natural raw materials such as wood, plant waste and slurry. Part of Germany's renewable energy law which entered into force last April, the ordinance had been held up after wrangling over precisely which materials could be classed as biomass and benefit from higher feed-in prices (EED 15/05/01). Environment minister Jürgen Trittin said in a statement: "The new law is another important building block in the energy shift we have introduced". See press release and ordinance.

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