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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 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.

January 10, 2020 • GermanyPrint storyE-mail story

Baden-Württemberg: Genehmigungen für Windräder sind rechtswidrig

[The administrative court of Baden-Württemberg has stopped the construction of two wind farms and called into question all of the permits for wind energy facilities in the southwest. (translate article to English)] Der Verwaltungsgerichtshof von Baden-Württemberg stoppt den Bau zweier Windparks. Da die gesamte Genehmigungspraxis bisheriger Anlagen betroffen ist, steht der Windkraftausbau im Südwesten generell in Frage. Die Stuttgarter Landesregierung hat jetzt ein riesiges Problem. Sämtliche Genehmigungen von Windrädern in Baden-Württemberg sind vermutlich rechtswidrig. Das geht aus einer Entscheidung des Verwaltungsgerichtshofes . . . Complete story »

January 8, 2020 • GermanyPrint storyE-mail story

German carbon targets at risk from wind power slowdown: think tank

A slowdown in the installation of wind turbines and solar panels in Germany this year could put the country’s carbon reduction targets at risk, environmental think tank Agora said on Tuesday. Last year, new onshore wind power capacity in Germany reached 700 megawatts (MW), the lowest level in two decades, while in 2020 only another 1 GW might be built, Agora estimated. This would lag the 4.2 GW of capacity added per annum between 2013 and 2017. It also lags . . . Complete story »

January 3, 2020 • GermanyPrint storyE-mail story

German government may offer ‘silence money’ for living near windmills

The Social Democratic Party (SPD) has proposed a new answer to people complaining about wind farms in Germany: offering money to those willing to live near them. “Those people who accept windmills in their neighborhood, and so make the expansion of renewable energy possible, should be rewarded,” SPD environment spokesman Matthias Miersch told the Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung newspaper. The cash could be handed to local community authorities, with the stipulation that it be spent on direct benefits to citizens, though . . . Complete story »

December 29, 2019 • GermanyPrint storyE-mail story

Windpark Obbach: Masteranlage verlor Getriebeöl

[Gearbox leaked up to 700 litres of oil (translate article to English)] Nicht nur alte Autos, auch neue Windräder können Öl verlieren, wenn plötzlich das Getriebe leckt. Im Obbacher Windpark ist das geschehen. Aus einer der fünf Anlagen ist Öl ausgelaufen. Die Polizeiinspektion Schweinfurt, die vor Ort ermittelt hat, spricht von mehreren hundert Litern. “Maximal 700 Liter”, so Polizeihauptkommissar Alexander Benkert. So viel befinden sich nach Recherche der Polizei regulär in Tank und Leitungen dieser Windkraftanlage. Das Erdreich im unmittelbaren Umfeld . . . Complete story »

December 12, 2019 • Denmark, GermanyPrint storyE-mail story

Tyskere betaler for at få slukket danske vindmøller, når det blæser

[Germans pay to shut off Danish wind turbines when the wind blows – In 2018, wind turbine production was reduced by approximately 290 gigawatts and DKK 190 million (>28 million USD) was paid to wind turbine owners in Western Denmark to shut down their production. (translate article to English)] Der er mange vindmøller i Midt- og Vestjylland. Faktisk er vi den landsdel med allerflest vindmøller. De skyder op i landskabet og på vandet, fordi de skal udnytte al den vind, der suser . . . Complete story »

December 1, 2019 • Germany, Press releasesPrint storyE-mail story

How stakeholders evaluate the green-green dilemma — and what they think about possible solutions

The replacement of fossil and nuclear energy sources for electricity production by renewables such as wind, sun, water and biomass is a cornerstone of Germany’s energy policy. Amongst these, wind energy production is the most important component. However, energy production from wind is not necessarily ecologically sustainable. It requires relatively large spaces for installation and operation of turbines, and bats and birds die after collisions with rotors in significant numbers. For these reasons, the location and operation of wind energy . . . Complete story »

November 26, 2019 • GermanyPrint storyE-mail story

The Germans fighting wind farms close to their homes

When Rudi Frischmuth stands on his balcony, he overlooks a vast field, a forest shimmering in fall colors – and three wind turbines peeking behind a row of pine trees. The wind farm, situated about 560 meters (620 yards) from his house, has troubled him since it was built in 1998. It all started with the noise. The turbines in the small municipality of Langerwehe in western Germany are barely perceptible if they spin slowly. But when strong winds push the . . . Complete story »

November 19, 2019 • GermanyPrint storyE-mail story

Allemagne: l’éolien, en crise, supprime des emplois

[Germany wants to establish a minimum gap of 1,000 meters between wind turbines and residential areas. According to leaks Tuesday in the press, the Ministry of Economy wants to measure this distance from building land. (translate article to English)] L’Allemagne veut instaurer un écart minimal de 1 000 mètres entre les éoliennes et les zones d’habitation. D’après des fuites mardi dans la presse, le ministère de l’Economie veut mesurer cette distance à partir des terrains constructibles. Cette nouvelle règle risque de tuer . . . Complete story »

November 16, 2019 • GermanyPrint storyE-mail story

Germany faces power shortages if onshore wind grows too slow

Germany’s onshore wind crisis, which is already cutting into company profits and costing jobs, may also begin to weaken defenses against blackouts. That’s the conclusion of analysts who see electricity risks mounting in Europe’s biggest economy, where construction of new onshore wind parks has dropped to a standstill because of a flood of environmental complaints. German industry will need new power sources in coming years to ensure security of supply as coal and nuclear stations are decommissioned. Chancellor Angela Merkel’s . . . Complete story »

November 14, 2019 • GermanyPrint storyE-mail story

German economy minister defends distance requirements for wind power plants

German Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy Peter Altmaier on Wednesday defended a governmental plan which envisages a mandatory minimum distance between wind power plants and villages of 1,000 meters in Germany. Altmaier said the main problem is that there would not be enough approved locations for wind power plants, adding that approval procedures would often take years. In a letter dated Tuesday, numerous German industrial and wind power associations urged the minister to cancel the planned distance requirements for . . . Complete story »

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