The Amendment to the Act on Cogeneration of Heat and Power has cleared its last parliamentary hurdle, providing a significant boost for the sector in Germany.
During the second and final round of discussions in the Bundesrat, no objections were raised against the draft law. It can therefore come into force during the course of the summer following publication in the Official Journal.
Dr. Philipp Roesler, Federal Minister of Economics and Technology, stated: “It is good news that the Bundesrat has opened up the way for the expansion of combined heat and power generation. The revision of the Act on Cogeneration of Heat and Power is a further important step within the implementation of Germany’s new energy reforms.
The increased surcharges and the innovative new measures, such as support for heat storage facilities, are providing powerful economic stimuli for the expansion of the energy-efficient technology of combined heat and power generation. In this way, we are also creating incentives for investment in new, high-efficiency power stations which are vital for offsetting the fluctuations in electricity generated from renewable energies.”
The Amendment to the Act on Cogeneration of Heat and Power increases funding for all power stations, irrespective of their size, by 0.3 cent/kWh. Power plants that will be subject to obligatory emissions trading from 2013 will also receive a further 0.3 cent/kWh.
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