German Environmental Minister Proposes Monthly FIT Cuts

To avoid the biannual booms that come with the current twice-yearly FIT rate cuts, and to help Germany better stick to its target corridor of about 3 GW of new solar capacity per year, the Federal Environment Minister, Norbert Röttgen, is proposing to cut FIT rates on a monthly basis. The cuts should be at about the same level overall as the cuts already planned under the just-revised EEG 2012 (Renewable Energy Sources Act), which will need to be revised yet again to implement this change.

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Joanna Gubman is a 2011-2012 recipient of the German Chancellor Fellowship for Prospective Leaders. She is spending her fellowship year at the German Solar Industry Association, BSW-Solar , exploring incentive and business model alternatives as the German market achieves grid parity. Previously, Gubman was a Managing Consultant in the Energy Efficiency group at Navigant Consulting. There she analyzed technologies and policies to improve energy efficiency, including analysis and implications of the CPUC Long Term Energy Efficiency Strategic Plan (net zero energy new buildings and widespread adoption of whole-house retrofits); identification & promotion of emerging technologies for utility energy efficiency incentive programs; and development of corporate sustainability initiatives. She also served as project manager for the California Sustainability Alliance. Gubman received her B.S. and M.S. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University. You can find her online on LinkedIn , Twitter ( @JoannaGubman ), and xing , and via email at cleantech@alumni.stanford.edu . The views she expresses here and elsewhere are her own, and do not reflect those of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation or the German Solar Industry Association (BSW-Solar).

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