The German economics ministry is about to introduce a new package to promote renewable energies amounting to euros 102m (DM 200m) a year for the next two years. According to a ministry spokesperson, the aid had been calculated to equal the energy tax which is levied on renewable energies, along with conventionally produced electricity. In order not to contravene EU competition law or World Trade Organisation rules, the German government is prevented from dropping its tax on renewable energies without exempting all conventionally produced and imported power as well. The spokesperson told ENDS Daily today that the ministry was finalising the wording of the package, covering electricity generation and solar heat. It has already been agreed by the environment and finance ministries as well as industry associations. The intention is to achieve a "seamless transition" when the current financial support programme expires on 31 August.
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