IN a reversal of its earlier position, the European Commission has agreed that the German grid feed-in laws on the promotion of electricity from renewable energy sources and from combined heat and power are legal under EU state aid rules. The decision will open the way for other European governments to pass similar laws, if the choose, where renewable and CHP suppliers prosper from fixed and protected prices.

The German regulations oblige operators to purchase this type of 'green' electricity at minimum prices, leading to Brussels ...

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