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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 are the products of the organizations or individuals noted and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch.

January 31, 2019 • GermanyPrint storyE-mail story

German onshore wind industry warns of sharp drop in new turbines

Germany saw a sharp fall in the number of new onshore wind turbines installed last year, industry groups said on Tuesday, and warned there was little prospect of a recovery without government help. Wind power is one of the most important drivers of Germany’s transition to renewable energy, accounting for nearly 30 percent of total power generation sent to public grids in 2018, according to Fraunhofer institute research. However, the rapid expansion in onshore wind energy achieved from 2013 to . . . Complete story »

January 24, 2019 • GermanyPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbines hurt property prices, study finds

German homeowners could see the value of their property fall if wind turbines are built in their vicinity, according to a study by research institute RWI. The value of a one-family house falls by an average of 7 percent when a wind turbine begins operation within 1 kilometre of the property, RWI estimates, based on a review of close to 3 million offers on an online real estate website. The effect disappears at a distance of 8 to 9 kilometres, RWI says, . . . Complete story »

January 17, 2019 • GermanyPrint storyE-mail story

Windrad geht in Flammen auf (Wind turbine goes up in flames)

Im Windpark Südgeorgsfehn (Gemeinde Uplengen) ist am Mittwochnachmittag eine 98 Meter hohe Windenergieanlage in Brand geraten. In der Regionalleitstelle und der Leitstelle Oldenburg gingen gegen 14:46 Uhr mehrere Notrufe ein. Das Feuer im Maschinenhaus der Anlage war u.a. von der Autobahn 28 aus deutlich zu sehen. Mehrere Feuerwehren aus der Gemeinde Uplengen wurden alarmiert. Die Leitstelle Oldenburg alarmierte parallel dazu noch Einsatzkräfte aus der Gemeinde Apen (LK Ammerland). Die Einsatzkräfte konnten jedoch nur zusehen, wie sich die Flammen durch das . . . Complete story »

January 14, 2019 • GermanyPrint storyE-mail story

Loons are getting squeezed by wind farms

Wind turbines don’t just wallop birds that collide with their spinning blades, they also shift where birds choose to fly and land. A new study shows that wind farms in the German North Sea have squeezed loons into a smaller resting spot along their spring migration route, which could make it harder for them to find food. Scientists suggest that as wind energy developments become more common, these subtler effects need to be considered. Wind energy is the fastest growing . . . Complete story »

December 27, 2018 • Germany, SwitzerlandPrint storyE-mail story

Für manche ein Symbol des Fortschritts, für andere Teufelszeug: Deutschland hadert mit seinen Windturbinen

Aus Sicht der Skeptiker begann das Übel vor ziemlich genau 28 Jahren. Damals beschloss Deutschland, erneuerbare Energien per Gesetz zu privilegieren. Seitdem gilt eine staatlich zugesicherte Mindestvergütung für Strom aus Sonne und Wind. Das Landschaftsbild hat sich dadurch vielerorts verändert. Eine längere Autofahrt durch die Bundesrepublik führt unweigerlich an Dutzenden Windrädern vorbei. «Auf dem Land ist fast jede Kommune davon betroffen», sagt Nikolai Ziegler. Er ist Vorsitzender von Vernunftkraft, dem Dachverband der Windkraftgegner. Laut Ziegler gibt es in Deutschland mehr . . . Complete story »

December 14, 2018 • GermanyPrint storyE-mail story

Germany installation growth hits the buffers

Germany’s onshore wind sector hit “negative growth” for the first time in July with a record low of just 22MW added, compared with 35MW of decommissioned, reported onshore wind agency FA Wind (Fachagentur Windenergie an Land), with only 4GW left in the permitted pipeline. Just 2,073MW was newly online in the first nine months of 2018, less than half of the 4,167MW commissioned in the same months of 2017. With 162.5MW of closures after an average operating time of almost . . . Complete story »

December 3, 2018 • GermanyPrint storyE-mail story

Windkraft-Gondel brennt in 60 Meter Höhe

Im Windpark Westerholt (Landkreis Wittmund) ist am Donnerstag in 60 Metern Höhe die Gondel einer Windkraftanlage in Flammen aufgegangen. Die Feuerwehr war mit 50 Einsatzkräften vor Ort. Sie ließ die Anlage in der Samtgemeinde Holtriem kontrolliert abbrennen, wie NDR 1 Niedersachsen berichtete. Die Flügel seien herabgestürzt, sagte ein Feuerwehrsprecher. Sie wurden am Boden gelöscht. Verletzt wurde niemand. Brandursache ist unklar Warum die Anlage Feuer fing, ist bisher unklar. Im vergangenen Jahr hatte schon einmal eine Windkraftanlage in diesem Gebiet gebrannt. . . . Complete story »

November 12, 2018 • California, GermanyPrint storyE-mail story

Is California going the way of Germany when it comes to energy?

One place possesses the fourth-largest economy in the world. Another is home to the fifth-largest. Both places have instituted ambitious energy and climate goals. But one – Germany – is struggling to meet those targets and its citizens pay some of the highest electricity prices in the industrialized world. Is the German experience a cautionary tale for the other place – California? It’s a question increasingly on the minds of some energy experts in the Golden State. “There are a lot of parallels,” . . . Complete story »

November 6, 2018 • Germany, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Wind languishes in new Bavarian coalition deal

Conservative CSU and Free Voters pledge to include climate protection in the constitution, but don’t lift a damaging wind distance rule. Containing a growing Green Party opposition seems to be at the core of a new coalition agreement in conservative-led Bavaria, but details – in particular for wind power – remained sketchy. At state elections last month in Germany’s second-most populous state, the ruling and previously dominant Christian Social Union (CSU) lost more than 10 percentage points and ended with . . . Complete story »

November 4, 2018 • Blogs, GermanyPrint storyE-mail story

The rotors of sickness… Wind energy proponents refuse to acknowledge proven wind turbine health hazards

A report on infrasound (low frequency sound below 20 Hz) by German public television ZDF here further reveals how infrasound from wind turbines causes widespread health issues, despite claims by “experts” that these illnesses are “in peoples’ heads” and not really real. The dubious argument that “if you can’t hear it, then it can’t hurt you” is often used. It turns out that in the case of infrasound from wind turbines, this is not true at all. Hat-tip: Agnes Doolan . . . Complete story »

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