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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 and copyrighted by the organizations or individuals noted. They are reproduced here according to “fair use” and “fair dealing” provisions of copyright law. They do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch.

May 7, 2019 • General News, Germany, KenyaPrint storyE-mail story

The reason renewables can’t power modern civilization is because they were never meant to

Over the last decade, journalists have held up Germany’s renewables energy transition, the Energiewende, as an environmental model for the world. “Many poor countries, once intent on building coal-fired power plants to bring electricity to their people, are discussing whether they might leapfrog the fossil age and build clean grids from the outset,” thanks to the Energiewende, wrote a New York Times reporter in 2014. With Germany as inspiration, the United Nations and World Bank poured billions into renewables like . . . Complete story »

May 7, 2019 • GermanyPrint storyE-mail story

Murks in Germany: Energiewende droht zu scheitern

[Botched in Germany: Energy transition facing failure] Für den Umbau des deutschen Energiesystems fehlen Kraftwerke, Netze und Speicher. Der Staat hat Milliardensummen vergeudet. Es ist eine fantastische Idee, die Idee einer Energiewelt von morgen. 675 Bedienstete der Bundesrepublik Deutschland arbeiten täglich an ihrem Gelingen, in Bundesministerien und nachgeordneten Behörden, in Gremien und Referaten, in Ausschüssen und Unterausschüssen. Sie arbeiten an einer Welt, die in all ihrer Schönheit an einem Tag nicht nur Idee geblieben, sondern bereits Wirklichkeit geworden ist. Bei . . . Complete story »

April 23, 2019 • GermanyPrint storyE-mail story

Germany: Protesters oppose SuedLink wind energy cable

On Easter Monday, there were a series of protests in Germany against the SuedLink project. They included about 2,000 people who traveled to central Germany, near Schweinfurt, to protest the proposed 700-kilometer (435-mile) long underground energy cable running from the north German coast to the south. Some of the participants objected on the grounds of the multi-billion euro costs of the project, others that it had not been thought through properly. One participant told public broadcaster ARD that she disliked . . . Complete story »

April 22, 2019 • GermanyPrint storyE-mail story

How nimbys halted one of the world’s most ambitious renewable energy drives

Standing beside a windswept junction near Germany’s Baltic coast, Thea Funk points at a stretch of land to the north. “They want to build 12 turbines up there, each one 240 metres high. And down there there are plans to put up more, somewhere between six and eight,” she explains, gesturing to a field across the road. “We’re going to be encircled.” Behind her, 30-odd people line the road holding signs bearing anti-wind energy slogans. Residents of the Friedland Moor . . . Complete story »

March 22, 2019 • GermanyPrint storyE-mail story

Nature conservation body files offshore wind complaint with European Commission

A leading environmental body has filed a complaint against the German Government about an offshore windfarm it claims breaks European nature conservation laws. The Nature and Biodiversity Conservation Union’s (NABU’s) complaint centres on the Butendiek offshore windfarm, where, it claims, the authorities need to take immediate measures to protect seabirds. “The reason for the complaint is the massive environmental damage caused by the Butendiek offshore windfarm and other windfarms in the Eastern German Bight European bird sanctuary in the North . . . Complete story »

March 18, 2019 • GermanyPrint storyE-mail story

Rotorblatt fliegt 60 Meter durch Luft

Das Rotorblatt einer Windkraftanlage in Nortorf (Kreis Steinburg) ist am Donnerstag abgebrochen und 60 Meter weit durch die Luft geflogen. Das teilte Windkraftanlagen-Herstellers Amperax am Freitag mit. Das Blatt ist eines von drei Rotorblättern einer 150 Meter hohen Windkraftanlage mit einem Rotordurchmesser von 116 Metern. Es flog über einen Spazierweg und landete auf einer Wiese. Verletzt wurde dabei laut Amperax niemand. Ursache unklar, Untersuchungen laufen Laut dem Windkraftanlagen-Hersteller könnte ein Blitzeinschlag der Grund dafür gewesen sein, dass das Rotorblatt sich . . . Complete story »

February 20, 2019 • GermanyPrint storyE-mail story

La colisión en el Báltico de un barco contratado por Iberdrola con un carguero deja 15 heridos

[Collision of Iberdrola wind turbine maintenance ship and cargo ship injures 15] La colisión en el mar Báltico de un carguero de bandera chipriota y un barco de mantenimiento del parque eólico marino ‘Wikinger’, de la compañía eléctrica Iberdrola, causó ayer 15 heridos, diez de ellos de gravedad, según informó la policía alemana. La misma fuente señaló que el accidente se produjo poco antes de las 7.30 de la mañana, cuando el barco de bandera danesa ‘World Bora’, una de . . . Complete story »

February 18, 2019 • Germany, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Klimaschutz wird mit Naturzerstörung bezahlt

[Climate protection is paid for with nature destruction] Im Alltag ruft Widersinniges in der Regel Ablehnung hervor. Wenn etwa jemand verkündete: „Ich schütze Deinen Garten vor Zerstörung, indem ich ihn mit technischen Apparaturen aus Beton und Stahl und allerlei anderen gartenfremden Materialien versehe“, so dürfte dessen Erfolg bei Gartenbesitzern gering sein. Wenn es aber nicht um private Gärten, sondern um Deutschlands Natur und Landschaften geht, sieht das anders aus. Je größer der Maßstab der Absurdität, desto akzeptabler oder vielleicht auch . . . Complete story »

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 »

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