Monday, January 21st, 2019

Merkel aims for solar tariff deal by summer break

BERLIN (Reuters) – Chancellor Angela Merkel is aiming for a breakthrough on stalled government plans to slash subsidies to the solar power industry before parliament’s summer recess, she said after a meeting on energy policy with the heads of Germany’s 16 federal states. Merkel said on Wednesday she had set up working groups with the states, some of which oppose cuts in solar feed-in tariffs. They managed to suspend her proposal in the upper house of parliament, where the states are represented, on May 11. “On solar energy, time is pressing,” Merkel told a news conference. …

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