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

May 19, 2020 • GermanyPrint storyE-mail story

German parties end row over onshore wind turbines, lift solar energy cap

Germany’s ruling coalition reached a compromise deal in a row over the minimum distance onshore wind turbines should have from dwellings, leaving the final decision to regional governments and lifting a cap on solar energy, officials said on Monday. Wind power is one of the most important drivers of Germany’s transition to renewable energy, but Europe’s largest economy saw a sharp fall in the number of new onshore wind turbines installed last year. Business groups have warned that the government’s . . . Complete story »

April 28, 2020 • GermanyPrint storyE-mail story

Großes Windrad an der B58 in Haltern verliert einen Flügel [Wind turbine loses blade]

Am Montagnachmittag, 20. April, haben gegen 15 Uhr drei laute explosionsartige Geräuschein Haltern am See zahlreiche Anwohner der B 58 aufgeschreckt. Die Ursache konnte von weiten gut gesehen werden. Ein Flügel eines Windrads an der B58 (Weseler Straße, Höhe Wilhelm-Koch-Straße, ca. 1 km von der Auffahrt zur A43 entfernt) war vermutlich durch den Wind abgeknickt worden. Gespalten hing er von derNarbe herunter. Die Straße wurde von der Polizei komplett gesperrt. Als die ersten Einsatzkräfte der Feuerwehr eingetroffen waren, fiel noch . . . Complete story »

April 24, 2020 • GermanyPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm workers injured in accident off Germany

Three wind farm workers have been injured, including one seriously, after their crew transfer vessel struck a turbine at the 312MW Borkum Riffgrund 1 wind farm in the German North Sea. German maritime search and rescue organisation DGzRS said it responded to the incident after the alarm was raised at 18.25 on Thursday by CTV Njord Forseti. “A crew transfer vessel unrelated to Orsted collided with a turbine on our Borkum Riffgrund 1 offshore wind farm last night. We offered . . . Complete story »

April 7, 2020 • GermanyPrint storyE-mail story

Germany’s green ambitions slip further behind schedule

Germany acknowledged that its effort to tighten its climate policy is slipping further behind schedule, adding to the risk that the European Union’s Green Deal is also delayed. The government in Berlin said it’s set to miss by more than half a year the European Union’s deadline for submitting a plan for climate and energy policies covering the next decade. Officials are being held back by work on legislation to scrap coal as a power generation fuel and by administrative . . . Complete story »

April 4, 2020 • Germany, NorwayPrint storyE-mail story

Tyskland truer Norge med rettsak | Germany threatens Norway with lawsuit

[Norway had denied an extension to German wind developer (translate article to English)] Idag ble det kjent at Tysklands ambassadør til Norge har kontaktet statssekretær Tony Tiller i OED.-Vi ser dette som en direkte trussel om rettsak mot den norske stat, sier Kari Vik i Motvind Andøy. Det var Vik som først varslet om brevet som er dater 26.mars. —Jeg er rystet over at en ambassadør i et fremmed land blander seg inn i Norges beslutninger på regjeringsnivå. Ambassadøren, Alfred Grannas, . . . Complete story »

April 3, 2020 • GermanyPrint storyE-mail story

German government defeats plan to abolish fines for wind power projects

The German government has rejected parliament proposals to ease restrictions on the construction of new wind turbines, exposing deep divisions in one of Europe’s pioneering nations for renewable energies. EURACTIV Germany reports. The expansion of renewable energies risks coming to a standstill in Germany as political parties bicker over laws regulating construction permits for new wind turbines, seen as critical for the country’s energy transition. A bill presented by the Bundesrat, the upper house of parliament, was intended to simplify . . . Complete story »

March 31, 2020 • Denmark, GermanyPrint storyE-mail story

Germany’s maxed-out grid is causing trouble across Europe

Northern Germany can’t use all the renewable energy it’s making. Neither can its neighbors. The growing mismatch between Germany’s renewables capacity and the strength of its electricity network is leading to curtailment, crazy pricing and challenges for neighboring nations. Although Germany is generating record amounts of clean energy in the north, its grid is too weak to transport all the power down to load centers in the south – a longstanding challenge for the country that’s only getting worse. One of . . . Complete story »

March 13, 2020 • GermanyPrint storyE-mail story

Merkel–states wind power crisis talk cancelled on Coronavirus precedence

The renewables industry is demanding Chancellor Angela Merkel ends an impasse over a damaging planned distance rule for onshore wind and a cap on support for solar power. Both issues were supposed to be tacked at a meeting today with the premiers of Germany’s 16 states, but energy issues were adjourned due to pressing discussions on the Coronavirus. Also, Bavarian state premier Markus Söder on before the meeting had said there still was a “considerable need for discussion” on contentious . . . Complete story »

March 11, 2020 • Blogs, GermanyPrint storyE-mail story

Seeadler und Turmfalke von Windkraftanlage in Holtsee erschlagen

[Sea eagle and kestrel slain by wind turbine in Holtsee (translate article to English)] Der Anruf kam gegen 9.30 Uhr. Ein Spaziergänger hatte einen Seeadler unter einer Windkraftanlage in Holtsee entdeckt. Ich fuhr umgehend zur Fundstelle. Unter der Windkraftanlage lag ein verendeter Turmfalke, welcher offen sichtlich in ein Rotorblatt geraten war. Er war bereits berupft. Es ist wahrscheinlich, dass der Seeadler den verendeten Turmfalken als Aas entdeckt hat. Dies wurde ihm zum Verhängnis. Ob der Adler beim An- oder Abflug erfasst . . . Complete story »

March 11, 2020 • GermanyPrint storyE-mail story

Winds of change push German power grid to brink

As Berlin steps up its switch to renewable energy, consumers of electricity, i.e. German tax payers, are footing the bill. The problem is grid infrastructure that can’t keep pace with the new sources coming online. Sabine, the fierce storm that hit Europe in February, led to huge overproduction of wind energy in Germany, with domestic wind plants temporarily supplying a staggering 44 gigawatts (GW) of electricity to the national power grid – two thirds of total national electricity consumption. This is . . . Complete story »

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