Thousands protest in Berlin against green energy reforms

Around 8,000 protesters joined a march in Berlin yesterday against the government’s plans to reform the green energy industry in the country. It follows German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s agreement with […]

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By Jacqueline Echevarria

Around 8,000 protesters joined a march in Berlin yesterday against the government’s plans to reform the green energy industry in the country.

It follows German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s agreement with ministers to control the rollout of renewables this week.

The proposed reforms of the Renewable Energy Act would cap the expansion of onshore wind at 2.8GW per year and limit solar projects to 600MW while those smaller than 750KW will continue to receive support.

The capacity for biomass projects would be expanded by 150MW annually in the next three years.

Protesters from the clean energy sector called on the government to stop the reform as they claim it hinders the country’s transition towards a low carbon economy.

They add the changes could jeopardise small businesses and jobs.

Marcel Keiffenheim from Greenpeace Energy said: “For many small players and projects agreed, cuts may even jeopardise their existence… The explicit promise of the federal government to secure broad participation in the energy revolution had no substance.”