According to EU requirements, Austria is bound to attain a share of 34% of renewable energy in its total energy mix by the year 2020. While the state supports the production of biomass energy with tax revenues, some 47 power plants are at risk of shutting down. In a press conference last Friday (Feb 15) Minister of Environment, Elisabeth Köstinger announced a new strategy of biomass subsidies promotion while pushing SPÖ out of the picture; the newly developed revision of the eco-electricity subsidy will allow ÖVP and FPÖ to determine legislation both in the National and Federal councils without consent of an opposition party. Ulli Sima (SPÖ) expressed her dismay, and experts and constitutional lawyers are attempting to work out a new draft, under the pressure of biomass power plants in need of an urgent solution.
Biomass Legal Battle
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