Refining the EFL The Renewable Energy

Germany is in the midst of changing its Renewable Energy Law (REL), which was specifically applied to wind, solar and geothermal facilities; for hydro, landfill gas and sewage or mine gas facilities under 5MW; and biomass facilities under 20MW (Knight, 2004a).

As with the old law, the REL requires that renewable energy be purchased at specified tariff rates, but this time with the amount of renewable energy distributed equally among all electricity suppliers. This avoided the competitive disadvantage of some utilities located in areas of high renewable energy resource.

As proposed, the rate Germany will pay for a new wind project is half of what it was in the early 1990s and will decline by an additional 36 per cent over the next decade (Knight, 2004b). The revised law continues to classify wind as priority power and requires grid operators to upgrade the grid when necessary for interconnecting a new wind project, as long as the cost is considered to be economically reasonable. The grid operator must provide documentation within four weeks if they refuse to interconnect a wind project because of lack of available grid capacity. Every two years the German parliament re-evaluates the REL, and potentially the rates of tariff, based on a report submitted by the German Ministries of Economics and Technology in consultation with the German Ministries of Environment and Agriculture.

Solar Panel Basics

Solar Panel Basics

Global warming is a huge problem which will significantly affect every country in the world. Many people all over the world are trying to do whatever they can to help combat the effects of global warming. One of the ways that people can fight global warming is to reduce their dependence on non-renewable energy sources like oil and petroleum based products.

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