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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.

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 »

November 12, 2019 • GermanyPrint storyE-mail story

Grüne: Bundesregierung macht Windkraftausbau unmöglich

[Greens’ Annalena Baerbock: Federal government makes wind power expansion impossible – The ruling coalition parties CDU and SPD want to keep at least one kilometer between wind turbines and settlements in the future. (translate article to English)] Berlin. Grünen-Chefin Annalena Baerbock hat die Pläne der Bundesregierung zum Abstand von Windkraftanlagen zu Siedlungen kritisiert. „Die geplanten Abstandsregeln für Windkraftanlagen sind verheerend“, sagte sie dem RedaktionsNetzwerk Deutschland (RND). „Damit macht die Bundesregierung entgegen aller öffentlichen Ankündigungen den weiteren Windkraftausbau unmöglich. Das kommt schon einem . . . Complete story »

November 12, 2019 • GermanyPrint storyE-mail story

Windkraft-Riese Enercon streicht 3000 Jobs—„Die Politik hat uns den Stecker gezogen“

[Wind power giant Enercon cuts 3,000 jobs – “Politicians have pulled the plug” (translate article to English)] Die Krise der deutschen Windenergiebranche verschärft sich. Beim größten deutschen Hersteller Enercon sollen harte Einschnitte nach Informationen der “Süddeutschen Zeitung” 3000 Arbeitsplätze kosten. Das Unternehmen will ab dem kommenden Jahr Verträge mit deutschen Zulieferern kappen und auch in der Zentrale Stellen streichen. Betroffen sind ausgerechnet ohnehin strukturschwache Regionen. An den Standorten Aurich und Magdeburg sollen nach Unternehmensangaben jeweils 1500 Jobs wegfallen. In der Firmenzentrale . . . Complete story »

October 31, 2019 • Germany, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Germany’s giant windmills are wildly unpopular

Despite their surging popularity in Germany and elsewhere in Europe, the Greens did badly in last Sunday’s election in the German state of Thuringia, and the nationalists from the Alternative for Germany Party (AfD) did very well. An important reason is that the Greens support wind energy and the AfD militates against wind turbines. The giant windmills have grown so unpopular in neighboring communities that their construction in Germany has all but ground to a halt. There are nearly 30,000 . . . Complete story »

October 30, 2019 • GermanyPrint storyE-mail story

Germany may lose 40% of wind jobs as new projects grind to halt

Germany’s wind power industry could shed about 40% of its jobs because of sliding interest among investors to build turbines on land, threatening a key driver of the nation’s ambitious clean energy targets. Environmental rules are snagging license approval for scores of onshore projects, causing delays of as long as two years, according to a report by Psephos GmbH for Germany’s VDMA machine makers lobby group. As developers and investors shy away from auctions and wading through the thicket of . . . Complete story »

October 29, 2019 • GermanyPrint storyE-mail story

Abbruchstimmung in Deutschland

[Demolition time in Germany – as financial support for wind turbines is about to expire (translate article to English)] Vielen Windparks droht das Aus. Der Rückbau könnte zu unerwarteten Problemen führen. In Deutschland stehen mittlerweile fast 29 000 Windanlagen. Sie machten im letzten Jahr rund 16 Prozent der Stromproduktion aus. Doch nachdem es beim Windstrom jahrzehntelang nur vorwärts ging, könnte das Abschalten zahlreicher Anlagen bald zu einem Rückgang der Produktion führen. Der Grund ist nicht, dass die Anlagen nicht mehr funktionieren – . . . Complete story »

October 22, 2019 • Europe, GermanyPrint storyE-mail story

Has the wind been taken from the sails of Europe’s renewable future?

This week, German energy company Innogy and Irish company Saorgus moved a step closer to the development of a €1.5 billion ($1.67 billion) wind farm 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) off the east coast of Ireland with an application to Irish planning authorities. Although still at a preliminary stage, the companies hope that one day the so-called Dublin Array project will be generating enough electricity for up to 600,000 homes in the Dublin area. To those with little more than a . . . Complete story »

October 7, 2019 • GermanyPrint storyE-mail story

Germany presents plan to strengthen onshore wind power after lull

Germany’s Economy Ministry on Monday presented a schedule to help revive onshore wind turbine construction that has declined due to bureaucracy and citizens’ opposition, hampering efforts to build up renewable energy and meet climate targets. Among 18 measures to be completed in 2019 and 2020, the ministry said German states must agree to alter nighttime signals that turbines give out for aircraft so that residents nearby are no longer disturbed by their constant flashing. The ministry said various wildlife regulations . . . Complete story »

September 27, 2019 • Denmark, GermanyPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbine maker Vestas cuts 600 staff in Denmark and Germany

Wind turbine maker Vestas said on Friday it would lay off 590 people at blade factories in Germany and Denmark to rein in costs and cope with a squeeze on prices as state subsidies fall. Vestas said it would halve it workforce at its factory in Lauchhammer, Germany by cutting 500 jobs, while about 90 workers, paid by the hour, would be laid off in Lem, Denmark. “Today’s very competitive industry and the fast-moving energy transition means we must introduce . . . Complete story »

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