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These news and opinion items are gathered by National Wind Watch in its noncommercial educational effort 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.


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 »


May 3, 2013 • AustriaPrint storyE-mail story

ÖVP NÖ wants to slow wind farm madness

The ÖVP wants to reduce wind farms in order not to spoil the image of the landscape. The government of Lower Austria decided to develop a new Planning Law and to keep the budget low. 460 wind farms will be put up in Lower Austria until the end of 2013. They deliver 14 percent of the power requirement. However, the expansion of wind farms is becoming increasingly controversial, Governor Erwin Pröll said. The new Planning Law will define “venue zones” . . . Complete story »


June 20, 2012 • AustriaPrint storyE-mail story

Blade snaps off windmill

An Austrian wind farm had to be closed after a blade snapped off one of the wind turbines, and fell over 100 metres to the ground. According to Austrian power the reason was a production fault and not because of a lightning strike as had previously been feared. The Deutschkreutz Windpark in Burgenland was secured and closed off immediately after the accident according to Austrian Windpower spokesperson Gerhard Altmann. “An initial investigation has shown that the incident occurred due to . . . Complete story »


June 20, 2012 • AustriaPrint storyE-mail story

Rotorblatt von Windrad abgebrochen

Im Windpark Deutschkreutz ist es zu einem Zwischenfall gekommen. Bei einem Windrad brach ein Rotorblatt ab. Ursache dafür war laut Angaben des Betreibers Austrian Windpower ein Fertigungsfehler. Vor wenigen Tagen brach bei dem Windrad ein Rotorblatt und fiel 100 Meter in die Tiefe. Verletzt wurde dabei niemand. Der Zwischenfall ereignete sich bereits am 5. Juni um die Mittagszeit. Das Gelände sei sofort abgesperrt und abgesichert worden, so Austrian-Windpower-Unternehmenssprecher Gerhard Altmann. Das Rotorblatt knickte ab. Zuerst sei man davon ausgegangen, dass . . . Complete story »


June 20, 2012 • AustriaPrint storyE-mail story

Burgenland: Rotorblatt eines Windrades abgebrochen

Wegen eines Fertigungsfehlers knickte das Rotorblatt ab. Das Gelände wurde sofort abgesperrt. In Deutschkreutz (Bezirk Oberpullendorf) ist das Rotorblatt eines Windrades abgebrochen und 100 Meter in die Tiefe gestürzt. Gerhard Altmann, Sprecher der Austrian Wind Power bestätigte einen dementsprechenden Bericht des ORF Burgenland von Mittwoch. Der Zwischenfall ereignete sich bereits am 5. Juni um die Mittagszeit im Windpark. Verletzt wurde niemand, das Gelände sofort abgesperrt und abgesichert, so Altmann. Das Rotorblatt sei abgeknickt, schilderte er. Zuerst sei man davon ausgegangen, . . . Complete story »


January 29, 2012 • AustriaPrint storyE-mail story

Windfarm on hold over bird highway row

A wind-farm project on the top of an Austrian mountain plateau has not been switched on over fears that it is in the middle of a key bird migration route and that the spinning blades could lead to thousands of bird deaths. Austrian energy company Salzburg AG has invested in building the five giant wind turbines on the Windsfeld at Flachauwinkel in Pongau, part of the province of Salzburg. It confirmed that there were no plans for it to go . . . Complete story »


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