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German Environment minister Altmaier, a member of Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union party, foresees a reduction of 1 percent to 1.5 percent in the so-called feed-in tariff that owners of renewable-power generators receive as he seeks to shift some of the cost to producers from consumers to stem a surge in electricity prices. His plan is due to be discussed with state environment ministers on Feb. 14.

This flies in the face of what we heard yesterday – though in fairness it’s a Bloomberg report. An automatic bias I fear.
Interestingly Obama is now telling Americans that they should be following China’s lead !!!
Obama’s support for renewables; Renewableenergyworld.obama-reinforces-support-for-renewable-energy  
Solar News;
Some countries are worth highlighting for their solar adoption even in the face of less than friendly regulatory environments. France and the UK, for example, each installed over 1 GW of solar capacity in 2012; Greece installed just shy of 1 GW during its crippling economic recession.
Good table here of countries (Ireland isn’t even mentioned) installing solar. 
Irish Onshore wind-map county by county (I wanted some of the slides from yesterday’ seminar in WIT Waterford – here’s a good place to start); 
Wind Energy Myths;

About pfiddle

Fiddle teacher - mostly Irish trad. Fiddle, mandolin and concertina. Eco-warrior, won E.U. Green Flower Award for Eco Accommodation. Also Irish (Gold) GHA. Green Hospitality Award. Mad keen on self-build - especially straw-bale and cob. 55 with a full head of (slightly) graying hair. No tattoos or piercings. Fond of animals - but legally so. Fond of food - I eat nothing else. Vegetarian by choice, Irish by the grace of birth, Munster by force of (rugby) arms.

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