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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.

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 »

October 31, 2018 • GermanyPrint storyE-mail story

Germany reaches deal to boost renewable energy capacity: SPD

Chancellor Angela Merkel’s CDU and its Social Democrat (SPD) partners have agreed to keep their promise to speed up the expansion of renewable power installations, ending months of wrangling, an SPD spokeswoman said on Wednesday. Renewable energy is one of the most important drivers of Germany’s plans to become a low-carbon economy, part of the country’s commitment to help to combat global warming. As part of these efforts, the German government agreed in January to plan for additional tenders for . . . Complete story »

October 22, 2018 • GermanyPrint storyE-mail story

Reintroduction of German setback rules proposed

The ‘most extreme’ setback rule, according to the BWE, is Bavaria, where its ‘10H rule’ means the minimum distance between a wind turbine and the nearest building must be ten times the height of the turbine. This led to a near-total halt to wind power expansion in the southern state since 2014, while just two permits have been granted so far this year, according to the BWE. Complete story »

October 14, 2018 • GermanyPrint storyE-mail story

Fire destroys wind turbine in the Emsland

Rhede. Im Windenergiepark in Rhede ist ein Windrad durch einen Brand in einem Maschinenhaus vollständig abgebrannt. Die Betreibergesellschaft Windpark Rhede GmbH & Co. KG geht davon aus, dass sich der entstandene Sachschaden auf bis zu 1,5 Millionen Euro belaufen könnte. Der Feuerwehr bescherte der Brand gleich drei Einsätze. Nach Angaben der Polizei brach das Feuer im Windpark am Q-Weg im Nordwesten der Gemeinde gegen 3 Uhr am Freitagmorgen aus. Das Feuer war in oder an einem Maschinenhäuschen ausgebrochen und hatte . . . Complete story »

October 14, 2018 • GermanyPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbine in Rhede in flames

In der Gemeinde Rhede im Emsland hat in der Nacht zu Freitag ein etwa 90 Meter hohe Windenergieanlage Feuer gefangen. Laut Polizei fiel auch ein Flügel herunter. Menschen wurden nicht verletzt. Da die Feuerwehr einen Brand in der großen Höhe nicht löschen kann – eine Drehleiter schafft maximal 23 Meter -, ließen die Einsatzkräfte die Anlage kontrolliert abbrennen. Das Gelände um das Windrad herum wurde weiträumig abgesperrt, da brennende Teile der Anlage immer wieder zu Boden stürzten. Allein der Rotordurchmesser . . . Complete story »

October 1, 2018 • GermanyPrint storyE-mail story

Germany’s coal habit proves hard to kick

Not far from Germany’s Rhine River, a fight to thwart giant excavators from grinding away what’s left of the 12,000-year-old Hambach forest came to a head this month as thousands of protesters faced off with police in a tense, and at times violent, showdown. Activists formed a human shield by occupying dozens of self-made tree houses, set up barricades in the woods and threw stones and even Molotov cocktails toward police. The standoff revolves around utility RWE AG’s plans to . . . Complete story »

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