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Wind Power News: Germany


These news and opinion items are gathered by National Wind Watch to help keep readers informed about developments related to industrial wind energy. They do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch. They are the products of and owned by the organizations or individuals noted and are shared here according to “fair use” and “fair dealing” provisions of copyright law.

December 12, 2019 • Denmark, GermanyPrint storyE-mail story

Tyskere betaler for at få slukket danske vindmøller, når det blæser

[Germans pay to shut off Danish wind turbines when the wind blows – In 2018, wind turbine production was reduced by approximately 290 gigawatts and DKK 190 million (>28 million USD) was paid to wind turbine owners in Western Denmark to shut down their production. (translate article to English)] Der er mange vindmøller i Midt- og Vestjylland. Faktisk er vi den landsdel med allerflest vindmøller. De skyder op i landskabet og på vandet, fordi de skal udnytte al den vind, der suser . . . Complete story »

December 1, 2019 • Germany, Press releasesPrint storyE-mail story

How stakeholders evaluate the green-green dilemma — and what they think about possible solutions

The replacement of fossil and nuclear energy sources for electricity production by renewables such as wind, sun, water and biomass is a cornerstone of Germany’s energy policy. Amongst these, wind energy production is the most important component. However, energy production from wind is not necessarily ecologically sustainable. It requires relatively large spaces for installation and operation of turbines, and bats and birds die after collisions with rotors in significant numbers. For these reasons, the location and operation of wind energy . . . Complete story »

November 26, 2019 • GermanyPrint storyE-mail story

The Germans fighting wind farms close to their homes

When Rudi Frischmuth stands on his balcony, he overlooks a vast field, a forest shimmering in fall colors – and three wind turbines peeking behind a row of pine trees. The wind farm, situated about 560 meters (620 yards) from his house, has troubled him since it was built in 1998. It all started with the noise. The turbines in the small municipality of Langerwehe in western Germany are barely perceptible if they spin slowly. But when strong winds push the . . . Complete story »

November 19, 2019 • GermanyPrint storyE-mail story

Allemagne: l’éolien, en crise, supprime des emplois

[Germany wants to establish a minimum gap of 1,000 meters between wind turbines and residential areas. According to leaks Tuesday in the press, the Ministry of Economy wants to measure this distance from building land. (translate article to English)] L’Allemagne veut instaurer un écart minimal de 1 000 mètres entre les éoliennes et les zones d’habitation. D’après des fuites mardi dans la presse, le ministère de l’Economie veut mesurer cette distance à partir des terrains constructibles. Cette nouvelle règle risque de tuer . . . Complete story »

November 16, 2019 • GermanyPrint storyE-mail story

Germany faces power shortages if onshore wind grows too slow

Germany’s onshore wind crisis, which is already cutting into company profits and costing jobs, may also begin to weaken defenses against blackouts. That’s the conclusion of analysts who see electricity risks mounting in Europe’s biggest economy, where construction of new onshore wind parks has dropped to a standstill because of a flood of environmental complaints. German industry will need new power sources in coming years to ensure security of supply as coal and nuclear stations are decommissioned. Chancellor Angela Merkel’s . . . Complete story »

November 14, 2019 • GermanyPrint storyE-mail story

German economy minister defends distance requirements for wind power plants

German Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy Peter Altmaier on Wednesday defended a governmental plan which envisages a mandatory minimum distance between wind power plants and villages of 1,000 meters in Germany. Altmaier said the main problem is that there would not be enough approved locations for wind power plants, adding that approval procedures would often take years. In a letter dated Tuesday, numerous German industrial and wind power associations urged the minister to cancel the planned distance requirements for . . . Complete story »

November 12, 2019 • GermanyPrint storyE-mail story

Grüne: Bundesregierung macht Windkraftausbau unmöglich

[Greens’ Annalena Baerbock: Federal government makes wind power expansion impossible – The ruling coalition parties CDU and SPD want to keep at least one kilometer between wind turbines and settlements in the future. (translate article to English)] Berlin. Grünen-Chefin Annalena Baerbock hat die Pläne der Bundesregierung zum Abstand von Windkraftanlagen zu Siedlungen kritisiert. „Die geplanten Abstandsregeln für Windkraftanlagen sind verheerend“, sagte sie dem RedaktionsNetzwerk Deutschland (RND). „Damit macht die Bundesregierung entgegen aller öffentlichen Ankündigungen den weiteren Windkraftausbau unmöglich. Das kommt schon einem . . . Complete story »

November 12, 2019 • GermanyPrint storyE-mail story

Windkraft-Riese Enercon streicht 3000 Jobs—„Die Politik hat uns den Stecker gezogen“

[Wind power giant Enercon cuts 3,000 jobs – “Politicians have pulled the plug” (translate article to English)] Die Krise der deutschen Windenergiebranche verschärft sich. Beim größten deutschen Hersteller Enercon sollen harte Einschnitte nach Informationen der “Süddeutschen Zeitung” 3000 Arbeitsplätze kosten. Das Unternehmen will ab dem kommenden Jahr Verträge mit deutschen Zulieferern kappen und auch in der Zentrale Stellen streichen. Betroffen sind ausgerechnet ohnehin strukturschwache Regionen. An den Standorten Aurich und Magdeburg sollen nach Unternehmensangaben jeweils 1500 Jobs wegfallen. In der Firmenzentrale . . . Complete story »

October 31, 2019 • Germany, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Germany’s giant windmills are wildly unpopular

Despite their surging popularity in Germany and elsewhere in Europe, the Greens did badly in last Sunday’s election in the German state of Thuringia, and the nationalists from the Alternative for Germany Party (AfD) did very well. An important reason is that the Greens support wind energy and the AfD militates against wind turbines. The giant windmills have grown so unpopular in neighboring communities that their construction in Germany has all but ground to a halt. There are nearly 30,000 . . . Complete story »

October 30, 2019 • GermanyPrint storyE-mail story

Germany may lose 40% of wind jobs as new projects grind to halt

Germany’s wind power industry could shed about 40% of its jobs because of sliding interest among investors to build turbines on land, threatening a key driver of the nation’s ambitious clean energy targets. Environmental rules are snagging license approval for scores of onshore projects, causing delays of as long as two years, according to a report by Psephos GmbH for Germany’s VDMA machine makers lobby group. As developers and investors shy away from auctions and wading through the thicket of . . . Complete story »

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