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Wind Power News: Austria


These news and opinion items are gathered by National Wind Watch to help keep readers informed about developments related to industrial wind energy. They are the products of the organizations or individuals noted and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch.

June 14, 2018 • AustriaPrint storyE-mail story

Austria’s energy regulator says climate protection goals hard to reach

Austria may find it tough to achieve its goal of producing as much energy from renewable resources as it consumes by 2030 due to public opposition to new dams and other projects that disturb nature, the head of energy regulator e-Control said. The 2030 target is part of a climate and energy strategy, which the coalition government’s conservative and far-right parties adopted last month. The goal is in line with the Alpine country’s commitment to the 2015 Paris climate accords. . . . Complete story »

December 26, 2017 • AustriaPrint storyE-mail story

Gols: Windrad im Flammen, zwei Personen schwer verletzt

[Short circuit likely cause of fire. Two men taken by helicopters to hospital.] Durch einen Kurzschluss dürfte das Feuer ausgebrochen sein. Zwei Männer wurden mit Rettungshubschraubern in ein Spital gebracht. Zu einem spektakulären Einsatz der Freiwilligen Feuerwehr Gols ist es am Dienstagnachmittag gekommen. Bei einem Brand eines Windrades in Gols sind zwei Personen schwer verletzt worden. Die beiden Techniker einer Servicefirma führten gerade Wartungsarbeiten durch, als sich das Unglück ereignete, teilte die Energie Burgenland mit. Die vom Brand betroffene Windkraftanlage . . . Complete story »

January 12, 2017 • AustriaPrint storyE-mail story

Fear of stranded wind projects in Austria as expansion slows

A steady decline in wind power additions has continued in Austria in 2016, when only 228MW were installed, down from 323MW a year earlier and 405MW in 2014, leading to increased concern about stranded assets and intensified calls for a reform of the renewables support legislation. The accumulated capacity reached 2.63GW at the end of last year, which enabled the Alpine country to meet 9% of its electricity needs with wind, but the slowdown in the expansion endangers Austria’s aim . . . Complete story »

June 6, 2016 • AustriaPrint storyE-mail story

‘Catastrophic’ weather topples crane in Austria

Lightning strikes also set fire to a 140-metre-high wind turbine in the Energy Park near Parndorf in Burgenland. Firemen were quickly on the scene but the fire had already been put out by the rain by the time they arrived. Complete story »

October 20, 2014 • Austria, KoreaPrint storyE-mail story

Samsung winds down European wind activities

Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) has shut two of its wind energy offices in Europe and is downsizing its wind business in Korea. It is unclear what whill happen with SHI’s 7MW turbine It is unclear what whill happen with SHI’s 7MW turbine A spokesperson confirmed that SHI has shut down wind activities at its Hamburg and London offices, but denied that the company was pulling out of wind altogether. “We are now downsizing the [wind] business based on our new . . . Complete story »

September 24, 2014 • AustriaPrint storyE-mail story

Kein Windrad in Salzburg; Lungauer Kleingemeinde spricht sich gegen Bau von Windrädern aus

EICHENBERG. (VN-toh) Ob Windräder die unmittelbare Umgebung zieren sollen, wird nicht nur in Vorarlberg heftig diskutiert. Denn auch in Salzburg, wo eine Reihe von Projekten geplant war, dreht sich noch immer kein großes Windrad. Vergangenen Sonntag erst haben sich die Bürger der kleinen Lungauer Gemeinde Thomatal in einer Abstimmung klar gegen den Bau von Windrädern zur Stromerzeugung ausgesprochen. Im Ortsteil Schönfeld hatten zwei Projekt-Gesellschaften Windräder geplant. Die Windlandkraft aus Niederösterreich wollte auf der Mühlhauser Höhe (2216 Meter) sechs Windturbinen aufstellen. . . . Complete story »

February 14, 2014 • Austria, GermanyPrint storyE-mail story

Austria burdened by Germany’s shift to green power

Weather-driven surges of German solar and wind power may lead to higher costs for Austria as its grid is forced to take measures to avoid breaking down, a Austrian energy regulator said, calling for a region-wide solution to excess flows. Martin Graf, who shares leadership of the Vienna-based E-Control authority with Walter Boltz, said Austria already must deal with a constant unwanted supply of 2,000 megawatts of power from northern Germany that flows into its grid via Poland and the . . . Complete story »

December 18, 2013 • AustriaPrint storyE-mail story

Austria’s wind industry laments new zoning restrictions

A proposal made this week to restrict new wind farms to just 2 percent of Austria’s biggest state has drawn warnings the country won’t meet its energy goals. The Vienna wind power industry group IG Windkraft said Monday it’s questionable whether Lower Austria can achieve the renewable energy goals set out in its 2030 energy road map under the new planning regimen introduced by the state government. Under the draft law presented Monday by Lower Austria Environment and Energy Minister . . . Complete story »

May 22, 2013 • AustriaPrint storyE-mail story

Demo wegen Windkraft

[Wind energy protest – The Austrian Wind Energy Association (IG Windkraft) sees growth threatened in northeast. The Weinviertel and Waldviertel citizens’ groups are mobilizing with protests against uncontrolled wind power expansion.] Baustopp / Die IG Windkraft sieht in NÖ die Energiewende in Gefahr. Die Bürgerinitiativen Weinviertel und Waldviertel machen mit Demo gegen unkontrollierten Windkraft-Ausbau mobil. Die IG Windkraft fürchtet um Niederösterreichs Windkraftanlagen. Der Grund: Der erste Entwurf des NÖ Raumordnungsgesetzes. „Wird der Widmungsstopp wirklich so umgesetzt wie in diesem Entwurf, liegt . . . Complete story »

May 16, 2013 • AustriaPrint storyE-mail story

Debate over planned stop for wind farms in Lower Austria

The ÖVP of Lower Austria announced that they would stop the expansion of wind farms. The interest group IG Windkraft strongly criticises this as they claim that the law undermines the turning point of energy. According to the new Spatial Planning Law, wind farms cannot be built everywhere any longer. The government of Lower Austria does not want to permit any more wind farms until the law has come into power. This could take up to two years. The managing . . . Complete story »

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