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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.


September 20, 2017 • GermanyPrint storyE-mail story

Subsidy-free wind farms risk ruining the industry’s reputation

Energy companies that stunned the world by offering to build wind farms with no subsidy may ruin the industry’s reputation by never actually delivering on their promises. That’s the warning of industry executives, who are cautious about the future of zero-subsidy offshore wind farms planned in Germany this year. Developers led by Energie Baden-Wuerttemberg AG and Dong Energy A/S are betting they can sell the electricity they produce from the wind farms at a profit without any help from taxpayers. . . .

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September 19, 2017 • France, GermanyPrint storyE-mail story

La transition énergétique allemande jugée ambiguë

[German energy transition deemed ambiguous – Despite the spectacular development of renewable energy in Germany, the end of coal remains very remote.] Malgré le développement spectaculaire des énergies renouvelables en Allemagne, la sortie du charbon demeure très lointaine. Une semaine avant les élections législatives, dimanche 24 septembre, France Stratégie dresse un constat sévère. Après les premières années d’euphorie, place aux dures réalités. « L’horizon s’est obscurci » sur la transition énergétique allemande, souligne France Stratégie, l’organisme de réflexion rattaché au premier ministre, dans . . .

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September 18, 2017 • GermanyPrint storyE-mail story

German state plans 1.5km setback; North Rhine–Westphalia decree would also ban wind farms in forests

The new CDU/FDP coalition government in Germany’s most populous state, North Rhine–Westphalia, has issued an amended decree with new setback distance rules for wind farms. Developers would need to consider a minimum distance of 1.5km from municipalities and would no longer be allowed to install wind farms in forests, according to the decree. Stakeholders have until 20 October to comment on the decree, with two hearings planned. The decree could enter into force early next year, the government said. The . . .

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September 10, 2017 • GermanyPrint storyE-mail story

Windräder-Gutachten oft mangelhaft [Wind turbine environmental reports often inadequate]

Stuttgart (dpa/lsw) – Die Artenschutzgutachten zur Genehmigung von neuen Windrädern sind nach Auffassung der baden-württembergischen Umweltverbände oft mangelhaft. Im Einzelfall reichten sie nicht aus, um eine fundierte naturschutzfachliche Bewertung möglicher Standorte für neue Anlagen vorzunehmen, sagte BUND-Landeschefin Brigitte Dahlbender am Donnerstag in Stuttgart. Zusammen mit dem Nabu und dem Landesnaturschutzverband (LNV) nahmen die drei Organisationen mehrere Gutachten unter die Lupe. Der Bundesverband Windenergie (BWE) bemängelte die Stichprobe als nicht repräsentativ. 2016 wurden 201 neue Anlagen genehmigt. Hintergrund war eine Änderung . . .

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September 8, 2017 • GermanyPrint storyE-mail story

Germany may miss 2019/20 onshore wind goals: Commerzbank

Following several bumper years of above-average onshore additions, Germany could miss government-set installation targets in 2019 and 2020 as Europe’s biggest wind market suffers a fallout of projects following a move to tenders, finance giant Commerzbank says. While the average annual onshore expansion from 2013 to 2017 is likely to come in at around 4.2GW, additions will move closer to the government’s 2.8GW target next year, the bank says in a market study ahead of the Husum Wind 2017 industry . . .

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August 28, 2017 • GermanyPrint storyE-mail story

Wind energy in the doldrums

Germany prides itself on being a leader in transitioning to renewable energy. The country’s “Energiewende” wins high marks in opinion polls, even though the resulting higher electricity prices have been controversial. Germany ranks third in wind power capacity, after the much bigger China and United States. Producers blame the decline on a loophole in a new law which seeks to minimize the amount of subsidy for new wind projects.

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July 27, 2017 • GermanyPrint storyE-mail story

Court halts Dahlem 4 in Germany; Developer Duno Air did not sufficiently analyse impact on black storks

A German court has revoked the license for Duno Air’s 19.8MW Dahlem 4 wind farm near the municipality of Dahlem, south-west of Bonn. The administrative court in Aachen in the German state of North Rhine allowed a challenge by green group Nabu on the grounds that the developer did not sufficiently analyse the effects of the project on the local black stork population. Duno Air received the license from the administrative district of Euskirchen in late 2016 and kicked off . . .

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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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