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What's truly stupid about the questioning of feed-in support for off-shore is why we are having the debate now. As things stand, the 10 GW target for 2020 will probably be missed by a large margin due to the start-up difficulties, thus it's too early to speculate on a significant price effect (of any kind) due to the high off-shore wind feed-in rates. We should have this debate in 2018 or so (when the degression of those feed-in rates for new installations is currently set to kick in), when we can see whether serious cost reduction potentials became visible.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Wed Jun 12th, 2013 at 02:46:41 PM EST
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For a better picture of what we are talking about in terms of feed-in rates, I prepared this diagram:

The first 12+ years and first 8+ years are alternative remuneration models which wind developers can (and have to) choose from. (The diagram ignores bonuses for system integration – granted above the base rate from 2009 to 2014, degressing from 0.5 €-cents/kWh – and repowering – above the rate for the first 5+ years, also degressing from 0.5 €-cents/kWh.)

For comparison, here are the highest and lowest feed-in rates for photovoltaic solar (with projected rates for Q3 and Q4 2013 with the assumption that degression remains the same):

(This diagram ignores a 5 €-cents/kWh bonus for façade-integrated facilities granted between 2004 and 2008 and [lower] rates for electricity not fed into the grid but metered as own use, granted between January 2009 and March 2012.)

The feed-in rate for the smallest rooftop PV facilities can be compared with the industry association's quarterly module price index:

The same on a logarithmic scale:



*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Sat Jun 15th, 2013 at 06:09:26 AM EST
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would almost deserve a diary of their own...

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by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Sat Jun 15th, 2013 at 08:54:22 AM EST
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The Q3 solar FIT degression and price index numbers are coming up in July. If a suitable news to tag it to presents itself then, I'll put the updated graphs into a diary.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Sat Jun 15th, 2013 at 09:18:29 AM EST
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