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Biogas sector suffers from political zigzag course (Germany)


First came the boom and then compensation rates were reduced on a large scale. The biogas sector has suffered from rising prices and especially from the political turnarounds during previous years. Now branche representatives, who seek their salvation in foreign countries, are mainly looking for a reliable framework.
The last amendment of the Renewable Energies Act (EEG) was not without difficulties. The feed-in tariff has been reduced and various additional premiums such as bonuses for liquid manure, combined heat and power plant (KWK, Kraft-Wärme-Kopplung), avoiding of air pollution and landscape management ceased to exist. This coincided with increased prices for agriculture products. The result: according to the German Biogas Association the installed capacity diminished to 250 megawatts (MW) per year, which was a decrease of approximately 80 percent compared to 2011. Shrinking revenues and headcount reduction are currently no exception in the biogas sector.

Source: IWR

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