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The issue for wind in the NL, as I see it, is that the support regime (in the form of a contract for differences, ie a public body pays the difference between the market price and an agreed fixed level, with various limits) is paid for our of the budget, ie the gross cost of it appears as a direct subsidy, paid for by taxpayers, and thus highly visible.

The merit order effect is not very visible when the market is driven by what happens in France and Germany anyway, but the cost is - and thus it becomes a political football.

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by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Sat Aug 31st, 2013 at 12:52:47 PM EST
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