RWE Innogy and Naturdünger Münsterland Cancel Biogas Plant Plan after EEG Amendments

After the recent EEG amendments RWE Innogy and Naturdünger Münsterland (NDM) have cancelled their plan to jointly erect and operate a biogas plant in North Rhine-Westphalia.

RWE Innogy and NDM decided to stop their plans for a biogas plant in Velen, North Rhine-Westphalia, after the recent EEG amendment. They state that the biogas project will be uneconomical under the amended act which was finally cleared by the Federal Council on 11 July.

According to RWE Innogy and NDM the reduction of the remuneration rates for biogas, the deletion of the input material remuneration categories (also for agricultural residues) and the deletion of gas processing bonus without replacement have had a significant adverse impact on the 4.2 MW biogas plant project.

The original start of the consenting and licensing process for the biogas plant was autumn 2013, but had been postponed until the EEG 2.0 was passed.

Both the project and the partnership between RWE Innogy and NDM will no longer continue. Moreover RWE Innogy and Westfälisch-Lippischer Landwirtschaftsverband (WLV) also ended their collaboration. WLV had been a partner of RWE Innogy in several projects in the biogas sector and they say their partnership is no longer of use to them under the altered circumstances.

Sources: Press release RWE Innogy, Westfälische Nachrichten

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