German bioenergy sector celebrates EEG amendments

Trade associations welcome amendment to laws that will not lower subsidies

Trade associations welcome amendment to laws that will not lower subsidies

Germany’s bioenergy sector got an early Christmas present this week when it was revealed the country’s government had removed "flaws" from its latest renewable energy act, known as the EEG.

According to the German farmers' association (DBV) and the German biogas association FvB, the Bundestag has "corrected some flaws of the EEG, which was adopted "under great pressure" over the summer.

However, the amendment also missed opportunities by keeping the "unnecessary" requirement for gas-tight covers for new residue storage tanks.

This could lead to "major problems" including plant shutdowns, according to the trade associations.

Policies covering facilities fired on waste wood to produce electricity were also lacking, leaving this sector’s future prospects "unknown", according to the associations.

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