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German cabinet puts brakes on clean energy transition

Germany_energy_mix_2015_thumb In a speech introducing the reforms, Energy and Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel, vice-chancellor and leader of Germany's Social Democratic Party, described the move as a "paradigm shift" in energy policy. Germany would be leaving behind a system of government-mandated prices, and moving toward a more free-market pricing system, he said.
10 Jun 2016

Denmark scares off investors after energy agenda is jettisoned

"You have to remember this is a billion-figure cost that we’re passing on to the Danes," said the party’s leader, Kristian Thulesen Dahl. "While some investors may be annoyed by the fact that they won’t make as much money, that’s no biggie, it’s just business. We also have a responsibility to discuss the costs we impose on Danes over the next 10 year."
5 Jun 2016

Germany's shift to clean power: fast or slow?

"We've got into an absurd situation," Gabriel said. "We produce cheap electricity in the North [of Germany] and cannot bring it to the South [because of insufficient transmission capacity], then we buy the electricity a second time from other [fossil-fuelled] power generators as a result, and then offload the redispatch costs onto end-consumers."
31 May 2016

Polish NIK President testifies on irregularities concerning the location of windmills

The president of the Polish National Audit Authority (NIK) testified before a parliamentary committee on 12 May 2016 that in up to one-third of all the rural municipalities covered by the NIK investigation found decision makers responsible for granting permits for wind farm developments, or close family members of such local officials, were beneficiaries of land leases for these projects. A report on his testimony is provided below.
13 May 2016

http://www.windaction.org/posts?location=Europe&p=25
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