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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 27, 2017 • GermanyPrint storyE-mail story

Die große Koalition macht Tiere töten leicht

[On Thursday, 22 June 2017, the Bundestag amended the Federal Nature Conservation Act to allow wind energy companies to kill more bats and birds. (link)] Vor Weihnachten geht es alle Jahre wieder um Plätzchen und Pakete, Gänse und Geschenke oder Karten für das Weihnachtsoratorium. Da bleibt kaum Zeit im Kopf für anderes – wenn zum Beispiel eine geplante, höchst brisante Gesetzesnovelle zum Bundesnaturschutzgesetz (BNatSchG) ohne großes Aufsehen auf den Weg gebracht wird. Zentrale Belange des Naturschutzes sollen im Rahmen dieser . . .

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June 17, 2017 • GermanyPrint storyE-mail story

Wind distance rule looms in Germany’s most populous state

After a sweeping victory in elections last month, a new coalition between German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats (CDU) and the liberal Free Democrats (FDP) in North-Rhine Westphalia state plans to impose a distance rule for wind power that could kill off most new projects. “We assume that it is legally safe to implement a distance rule of 1,500 metres to pure and general residential areas,” the two parties say in a 125-page-long coalition agreement, arguing such a rule would . . .

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June 13, 2017 • GermanyPrint storyE-mail story

Infraschallberechnungen völlig veraltet — Infrasound calculations totally outdated

[The Danish government has commissioned a large study of the impact of infrasound on humans and other animals, which will be published – if completed – at the end of this year or in the next. According to CDU member of parliament Hans-Jürgen Irmer, Priska Hinz (Minister of the Environment) would support the findings, and therefore it would be irresponsible to issue new permits for wind turbines until then.] Irmer fordert Moratorium für wohnortnahe Windkraftanlagen Das Thema Infraschall, also die . . .

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June 12, 2017 • GermanyPrint storyE-mail story

A new renewable energy tax?

One reason why Germany’s transition to renewable energy sources has been so successful is its funding model. A surcharge on electricity bills has been financing the expansion of solar and wind parks, biogas and hydro power. The levy, however, has risen dramatically since its introduction in 2000: from €883 million to an estimated €26.6 billion this year ($1 billion – $29.8 billion). Consumers and companies pay this amount each year, posing a burden on consumption, profitability and competitiveness. It is . . .

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May 20, 2017 • GermanyPrint storyE-mail story

Germany approves onshore wind farms expansion

The German Economy Ministry announced Friday it had approved 807 megawatts of capacity at onshore wind parks. The projects were granted at an average price requiring a subsidy of 5.71 eurocents ($0.89) per kilowatt hour of power, marking a price reduction of 20 percent on previous deals. Approval procedures had been closely watched by turbine manufacturers, project developers and utilities after recent offshore wind farm auctions included bids for zero-subsidy deals for the middle of the next decade as the . . .

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May 16, 2017 • GermanyPrint storyE-mail story

Lorry crushed by the blade of a wind turbine on autobahn

A lorry was crushed by the blade of a 62m wind turbine which went spinning across the German autobahn after a transporter truck crashed. Autobahn 33 was closed just outside Bielefeld, between Hanover and Dortmund, when the truck carrying the 16-ton wind turbine was rear-ended by another vehicle. It sent the enormous blade across the carriageway where it ploughed into vehicles and a lorry belonging to cargo logistics company Koch International – which is based just 34 miles away from . . .

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May 16, 2017 • GermanyPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbine smashes onto Autobahn after crash, blocking traffic for hours

The giant blade of a wind turbine fell from the truck that was transporting it on Tuesday morning, squashing the cabin of another truck and completely shutting down traffic on a busy motorway. The accident happened on the Autobahn 33 outside Bielefeld, where the blade slipped from the back of a transporter after another truck slammed into the back of the vehicle, according to the Rheinische Post. The blade was then shunted across the entire width of the Autobahn by . . .

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May 16, 2017 • GermanyPrint storyE-mail story

Windradflügel ragt nach Unfall quer über A33

Bielefeld. Auf der Autobahn 33 bei Bielefeld hat es am frühen Dienstagmorgen einen schweren Unfall gegeben. Ein Lastwagen ist in das Ende eines Schwertransporters gekracht. Dieser war mit dem Flügel eines Windrads beladen – der liegt nun quer auf der Fahrbahn. Nach Angaben der Polizei in Bielefeld ist die A33 in Höhe der Anschlussstelle Bielefeld-Senne in beide Richtungen voll gesperrt, es kommt zu kilometerlangen Staus. Der Lastwagen war um kurz nach 5 Uhr aus bislang ungeklärter Ursache auf den Schwertransporter . . .

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May 10, 2017 • GermanyPrint storyE-mail story

Merkel lawmakers reject calls to expand offshore wind auctions

Calls from the industry and utilities including Vattenfall AB for Germany to auction more offshore wind blocs are unlikely to fall on sympathetic ears until voters elect a new parliament. Germany’s maiden offshore auction, which wrapped up last month with the winners willing to forgo subsidies for the first time, is spurring calls to raise tender caps as developers seek yields through economies of scale. While the calls have garnered backing in the Environment Ministry, the prospects of amending auction . . .

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February 26, 2017 • GermanyPrint storyE-mail story

Monster windmills, not in my backyard

When Günter Raake steps out of his house on the island of Rügen, he imagines the Cologne Cathedral towering before him. He envisages a colossus, 150 meters high, on a field just a few hundred meters from his new house. Because that is the height of “the monsters,” as Mr. Raake calls the five wind power turbines that an investor wants to set up near his home. In 2015, the former music manager moved from Hamburg to Wittow, on the . . .

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