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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.


January 20, 2018 • GermanyPrint storyE-mail story

Big crawler over

Strong winds overturned a 650 tonne crawler crane on a wind farm in the Kirtorf area of central Germany yesterday. The crane a Demag SL3800 owned and operated by Dufour group was working on the installation of a large turbine, when hurricane force winds hit the region to the north east of Frankfurt. Turbine components and the crane were badly damaged, but thankfully no one was hurt in the incident. We do not know at this stage if the crane . . . Complete story »


January 5, 2018 • GermanyPrint storyE-mail story

Turbine collapses in Germany; Storm believed to have caused incident some 40km west of Hannover

Vestas is sending technicians to the site of a collapsed wind turbine in Germany to determine the manufacturer and model of what is thought to be an old machine. The turbine collapsed on 3 January during a storm in Volksdorf municipality in Schaumburg county, some 40km west of Hannover. Nienburg police said that during the storm a blade from the 70-metre tall structure broke, followed by the collapse of the tower at about 1.30pm local time. “We suspect the blade . . . Complete story »


December 11, 2017 • Germany, Press releasesPrint storyE-mail story

See wind power through a child’s eyes in beautiful new Audi campaign

Audi and AvL/SE launch a beautiful and thought-provoking new film that invites us to view wind energy through a child’s eyes. The campaign promotes the new Audi g-tron model – a gas-powered hybrid fuelled by wind energy. By reimagining the natural force with childlike wonder, Audi encourages us to consider the possibilities of alternative drive technologies. Creatively devised by Berlin-based agency, AvL/SE, and produced by Czar, ‘Wind’ is an emotionally honest film told from a child’s perspective. From the backseat . . . Complete story »


November 29, 2017 • Germany, IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Bat and Man: Bats live long and well, if allowed and out of the light

The intrepid Christian Voigt tagged some Noctule bats and we watched in horror some footage of bats flying through wind turbines. In Germany 10-12 bats are killed annually per turbine, in the absence of mitigation. So, officially 250,000 German bats are killed every year – but Voigt is not persuaded. He claimed it is an underestimate, as it is based on the numbers of carcasses found per turbine. His own studies show that the problem is not just direct collision, where you find the dead bat on the ground. Rather the most common cause of death is fractures. Indirect collisions, turbulence and changes in pressure causes barotrauma, where blood fills the abdomen, thorax, or lungs and ruptures ears and eyes. The bat may survive a few days, but will ultimately die, away from the turbine. Its carcass is rarely detected by those who monitor these things. Complete story »


November 21, 2017 • GermanyPrint storyE-mail story

Protest Gegen Windpark Düke „Die haben unser Dorf plattgemacht“

Ruhwarden Wenn er früher von der Spätschicht kam, hat sich Helge Dierks gerne noch kurz auf die Terrasse gestellt, um eine Zigarette zu rauchen. Früher, das war die Zeit, bevor in Düke die großen Windräder aufgestellt wurden. Heute verzichtet der Reitlander auf sein Feierabendritual. Auf der Terrasse seines Hauses an der Hinterstraße, von dem der Windpark nur einige hundert Meter entfernt liegt, ist es ihm zu laut geworden. „Die haben unser Dorf plattgemacht“, sagt Helge Dierks verärgert. So wie er . . . Complete story »


November 15, 2017 • GermanyPrint storyE-mail story

Blowing hot and cold

Like one of its many gigantic turbines on a blustery day, Germany’s world-leading wind-power industry is starting to look shaky. The €13 billion ($15.4 billion) sector has been hit by falling subsidies around the world, with producers facing the unfamiliar task of having to compete on prices. As a result, prices are tumbling: The price of a wind turbine has dropped by about 40 percent in the past three years, seriously hurting firms’ revenues and earnings. To make matters worse, . . . Complete story »


October 31, 2017 • GermanyPrint storyE-mail story

Ende der Förderung – Alte Windräder müssen bald vom Netz

[End of subsidies: Old wind turbines will have to go offline] Die Windkraft ist der wichtigste Baustein für die Energiewende – doch das Auslaufen der Förderung bedroht unzählige Windräder. In drei Jahren könnte ein Großteil vom Netz gehen. Mehrere Tausend Windräder in Deutschland werden im nächsten Jahrzehnt vermutlich abgebaut, weil ihre staatliche Förderung ausläuft. “Wenn die Strompreise in der nächsten Dekade nicht steigen, werden sich nur wenige Anlagen ohne Förderung am Markt behaupten”, heißt es in einer Analyse des Berliner . . . Complete story »


October 27, 2017 • GermanyPrint storyE-mail story

Record wind set to force German utilities to pay power users

German power producers are poised to pay customers to use electricity this weekend. Wind generation is forecast to climb to a record on Sunday, creating more output than needed and driving electricity prices below zero, broker data compiled by Bloomberg show. It would be the first time this year that the average price for a whole day is negative, not just for specific hours. Germany’s grid operators can struggle to keep the balance between how much energy people are using . . . Complete story »


October 20, 2017 • GermanyPrint storyE-mail story

Vier mögliche Windflächen fallen weg

Ähnlich verhält es sich in den anderen Landkreisen, auch dort fielen einige Areale aus dem Regionalplan heraus. Für neue Windräder bleibt damit in Schwaben nicht mehr allzu viel Platz. Deshalb hat der RPV auf seiner jüngsten Sitzung, unterstützt von der Bezirksregierung, auch vorgeschlagen, die Abstandskriterien für Windkraftgebiete gegenüber Siedlungen von 2000 auf 1500 Meter zu reduzieren. Unter dieser Vorgabe hätte noch einmal nach potenziellen Flächen gesucht werden sollen, erläutert Koppe. Dieser Vorschlag wurde aber mit 17 zu vier Stimmen abgelehnt. Somit gilt weiter der bisherige Abstand. Complete story »


October 9, 2017 • GermanyPrint storyE-mail story

Germany’s shift to green power stalls, despite huge investments

A de facto class system has emerged, saddling a group of have-nots with higher electricity bills that help subsidize the installation of solar panels and wind turbines elsewhere. Germany has spent an estimated 189 billion euros, or about $222 billion, since 2000 on renewable energy subsidies. But emissions have been stuck at roughly 2009 levels, and rose last year, as coal-fired plants fill a void left by Germany’s decision to abandon nuclear power. That has raised questions — and anger — over a program meant to make the country’s power sector greener. Complete story »


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