Germany's renewable energy decisions 'lead to breakthroughs'

10 Sep 2010
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Germany's renewable energy decisions 'lead to breakthroughs'

Renewable energy decisions made by policymakers in Germany lead to various ramifications such as technological breakthroughs in the sector, according to one political commentator.

Writing for European Voice, Simon Taylor argued that Germany's decisions in the renewable energy field could even have created new markets in the industry.

He pointed out that the country is crucial for a variety of reasons - its proximity to Russia, its effect on EU policy and its influence in the renewable energy sphere.

"The system of feed-in tariffs, which provides subsidies to wind and solar power, is now seen elsewhere as a model for boosting the take-up of non-fossil fuels," he said.

Mr Taylor argued that Germany has also boosted renewable energy production across Europe by developing leadership in important technologies in the industry.

Peter Asmus, senior analyst at consulting firm Pike Research, recently told Reuters that many tidal power mills were in use throughout Western Europe during the 18th century. 

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