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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.

September 13, 2019 • GermanyPrint storyE-mail story

German regulator backs push to cut red tape for wind power constructions

Germany’s energy regulator supports an overhaul of legal procedures and red tape by the economy ministry to reverse a sharp fall in wind turbine constructions that threatens to throw the country’s energy transformation off course. Onshore turbine constructions fell 82% to 287 megawatts in the first half of 2019, the lowest level in nearly two decades as Germany works towards an ambitious goal for renewable energy sources to supply half of its electricity by 2030. “We are convinced that the . . . Complete story »

September 6, 2019 • GermanyPrint storyE-mail story

Angry residents send German wind industry spinning

Wind power is a key pillar in Germany’s ambitious renewables transition plan, but the sector has struck strong resistance, forcing the Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government to open talks on the crisis on Thursday. After years of breakneck growth in capacity and uptake that has seen wind power delivering a fifth of Germany’s total energy production, vocal “not-in-my-backyard” opposition by residents and a lack of government support have seen investments shrink in the sector. More than 600 citizen initiatives have sprung . . . Complete story »

September 6, 2019 • GermanyPrint storyE-mail story

Government vows action as German wind industry flags

The German government vowed to push through new measures to revive the country’s ailing wind energy sector after hosting a crisis summit in Berlin on Thursday. Economy and Energy Minister Peter Altmaier said he wanted to build a “national consensus” on wind power, which is a key pillar in Germany’s ambitious renewables transition plan, but has struck strong resistance in recent years. Following talks with environmental groups, industry representatives, trade unions and anti-wind activists, Altmaier said the government would start . . . Complete story »

September 4, 2019 • GermanyPrint storyE-mail story

German wind energy stalls amid public resistance and regulatory hurdles

The German Economy Ministry has called a summit to discuss a dramatic slowdown in the wind energy sector that’s threatening agreed climate goals. The problems are due to policy mistakes and growing public resistance. At the Ketzin 1 and Ketzin 2 wind farms near the small town of Nauen about 50 kilometers (31 miles) west of Berlin, almost 200 wind turbines are gently humming along in the late-summer breeze. The two wind farms are among the largest and oldest in . . . Complete story »

August 27, 2019 • Australia, Germany, Texas, U.K.Print storyE-mail story

Sometimes, a greener grid means a 40,000% spike in power prices

The road to a world powered by renewable energy is littered with unintended consequences. Like a 40,000% surge in electricity prices. Texas power prices jumped from less than $15 to as much as $9,000 a megawatt-hour this month as coal plant retirements and weak winds left the region on the brink of blackouts during a heat wave. It’s a phenomenon playing out worldwide. Germany averted three blackouts of its own in June and has seen prices both spike and plunge . . . Complete story »

August 11, 2019 • GermanyPrint storyE-mail story

Windenergie und Vögel: “Die Opferzahlen sind viel höher als gedacht”

Für die Befürworter der Energiewende ist es ein unbequeme Tatsache: Windkraft fordert immer mehr Opfer unter Vögeln, Fledermäusen und Insekten. “Gut fürs Klima, schlecht für die Natur?” heißt darum die Titelgeschichte des aktuellen GEO Magazins. Wir sprachen mit der Autorin Johanna Romberg über das Dilemma. GEO.de: Lange dachten wir, Windkraft würde niemandem schaden und allen nützen. Jetzt lesen wir, jedes Jahr würden Tausende Vögel und andere Tiere an den Rotoren zerschellen. Wie groß ist das Problem wirklich? Johanna Romberg: Das . . . Complete story »

July 25, 2019 • GermanyPrint storyE-mail story

German market collapse hits European onshore wind stats

A dramatic collapse of wind additions on land in Germany has dragged down European onshore wind installation figures during the first half of 2019, while additions at sea rose, led by new installations in the UK. Europe installed 2.9GW of new onshore wind capacity in the period, down from 3.3GW in the first half of 2018, while offshore wind additions rose to 1.9GW in the first half, up from 1.1GW added in the year-ago period, industry group WindEurope said. Germany . . . Complete story »

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 »

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