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Wind Power News: Switzerland


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, 2020 • SwitzerlandPrint storyE-mail story

Swiss wind power held up by legal challenges

For a decade, wind energy in Switzerland has been stalled. Opponents have used every possible means to stop projects. At the end of September, one community will vote on the future of this kind of energy. Power derived from wind is already contributing 20% to the German energy mix. But unlike its northern neighbour, Switzerland does not have extended, empty, flat surfaces of territory. Made up of slopes and valleys, the Swiss landscape does not lend itself to the installation . . . Complete story »

December 27, 2018 • Germany, SwitzerlandPrint storyE-mail story

Für manche ein Symbol des Fortschritts, für andere Teufelszeug: Deutschland hadert mit seinen Windturbinen

Aus Sicht der Skeptiker begann das Übel vor ziemlich genau 28 Jahren. Damals beschloss Deutschland, erneuerbare Energien per Gesetz zu privilegieren. Seitdem gilt eine staatlich zugesicherte Mindestvergütung für Strom aus Sonne und Wind. Das Landschaftsbild hat sich dadurch vielerorts verändert. Eine längere Autofahrt durch die Bundesrepublik führt unweigerlich an Dutzenden Windrädern vorbei. «Auf dem Land ist fast jede Kommune davon betroffen», sagt Nikolai Ziegler. Er ist Vorsitzender von Vernunftkraft, dem Dachverband der Windkraftgegner. Laut Ziegler gibt es in Deutschland mehr . . . Complete story »

June 28, 2017 • SwitzerlandPrint storyE-mail story

Swiss government says no wind turbines within 300m of homes

After the Swiss public voted in favour of a new energy strategy on 21 May 2017, the government has been busy fine tuning its plans. Switzerland has only constructed 34 wind turbines over the last 20 years, which produce around 0.15% of the nation’s electricity, according to three experts at EPFL and UNIL, two universities in Lausanne. These experts say around 100 high-potential locations could accommodate 700 turbines. Together they could generate 7 percent of Switzerland’s electricity. On 28 June . . . Complete story »

June 6, 2017 • SwitzerlandPrint storyE-mail story

«Energiepolitischer Fehler» (Energy policy mistakes)

Otto Schily, der frühere deutsche Innenminister, warnt vor ökologischen und sozialen Folgen des Energiegesetzes. (Otto Schily, the former German Minister of the Interior, warns against the ecological and social consequences of the Energy Act.) Der Mann ist eigentlich ein Grüner. 1980 war Otto Schily einer der Gründer dieser neuen Partei in Deutschland. Später trat er in die SPD über und wurde deutscher Innenminister – und zwar genau dann, als Deutschland den Weg einschlug, über den in der Schweiz am Sonntag . . . Complete story »

May 22, 2017 • SwitzerlandPrint storyE-mail story

Swiss vote for gradual nuclear phaseout

The Swiss parliament supports the new law, with the exception of the country's largest political party, the populist Swiss People's Party (SVP), which requested Sunday's referendum. "I'm very worried about the future," SVP parliamentarian Celine Amaudruz told RTS as the referendum results ticked in. SVP maintains the energy shift will be too expensive, would threaten Switzerland's energy supply and would "disfigure" the country's pristine natural landscape with more wind turbines and solar panels. Complete story »

November 29, 2016 • SwitzerlandPrint storyE-mail story

One wind turbine kills up to 29 birds a year

A study focusing on three wind turbines in the Jura mountains in western Switzerland has shown that on average each one causes the death of 14 to 29 birds a year – almost triple previous estimates. Migration periods were associated with more deaths but visibility could also play a role.  Small, nocturnal migratory birds were the main victims, according to the study results – carried out by the Swiss Ornithological Institute for the Federal Office for the Environment – released . . . Complete story »

October 20, 2016 • SwitzerlandPrint storyE-mail story

Eco group fights Bern over wind farm plans

An environmental organization has joined the Swiss People’s Party in opposing the government’s ‘energy strategy 2050’ over fears plans for more wind farms could damage the Swiss countryside. The government’s new strategy, a draft of which was approved in parliament in September, promises a new focus on renewable energy as the country looks to move away from nuclear power. But the proposed development of wind farms in Switzerland has worried Paysage Libre Suisse, which said in a statement on Wednesday . . . Complete story »

May 17, 2016 • SwitzerlandPrint storyE-mail story

Switzerland drags feet over renewables

Switzerland produces less solar and wind energy per inhabitant – only 170 kilowatt hours – than most other European countries, or enough energy for a refrigerator for a year, a new study reveals. Switzerland is ranked 25th out of 29 countries in a comparative European study by the Swiss Energy Foundation, published on Tuesday. Only Slovenia, Slovakia, Hungary and Latvia produce less wind and solar energy per inhabitant than Switzerland. Denmark (2,619 Kwh per inhabitant), Sweden (1,704 Kwh) and Germany . . . Complete story »

January 28, 2015 • SwitzerlandPrint storyE-mail story

Can wind energy overcome planning hurdles?

Renewables may play a large part of the government’s nuclear-free energy plans, but the construction of wind power plants is regularly being blocked. Wind plants are one way Switzerland plans to reduce its dependency on nuclear energy. In 2011 the Swiss government decided to withdraw from the use of nuclear energy by gradually decommissioning the current nuclear power plants. A long-term energy strategy was drawn up that relies heavily on increased renewable energy, with wind energy playing an important role. . . . Complete story »

September 23, 2014 • SwitzerlandPrint storyE-mail story

Eoliennes: le Parquet ouvre une enquête

L’association Les Travers du vent, qui lutte contre la transformation des crêtes du Val-de-Travers en un parc éolien, a de quoi se réjouir. Le procureur général Olivier Jornot a ouvert une procédure pénale suite à la dénonciation pénale que l’organisation a déposée en avril auprès du Ministère public genevois pour gestion déloyale dans l’affaire qui lie les Services Industriels de Genève ( SIG) aux sociétés Ennova, nous apprend Le Courrier de samedi. Il en a informé l’association dans une lettre . . . Complete story »

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