Title: Regulation and innovation in biogas technology in selected European countries

Authors: Thomas Decker, Klaus Menrad, Stefan Berenz, Robert Wagner

Addresses: University of Applied Sciences/Science Centre Straubing, Schulgasse 18, D-94315 Straubing, Germany. ' University of Applied Sciences/Science Centre Straubing, Schulgasse 18, D-94315 Straubing, Germany. ' Lehrstuhl fur Wirtschaftslehre des Landbaues, Alte, Akademie 14, D-85350 Freising-Weihenstephan, Germany. ' C.A.R.M.E.N. e.V., Schulgasse 18, D-94315 Straubing, Germany

Abstract: The development of biogas plants shows differing structures and levels in Denmark, Austria and Germany. Every country had made specific efforts to promote biogas plants which differ in the political targets, approaches and initial situation. However, in all countries, it can be stated that the most important incentive to invest in and build a biogas plant is related to regulations concerning the long-term guaranteed payments of electricity produced in biogas plants.

Keywords: regulation; innovation; biogas plants; Europe; Austria; Denmark; Germany; public policy.

DOI: 10.1504/IJPP.2007.012277

International Journal of Public Policy, 2007 Vol.2 No.1/2, pp.89 - 108

Published online: 02 Feb 2007 *

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