The expansion of wind power in Bavaria comes to a virtual standstill.
Since 2014 wind turbines must be built at a greater distance from residential buildings - the result of the protests of wind power opponents. For wind power, Bayern now has no more ground to site turbines.
The expansion of wind power in Bavaria came to a virtual standstil after the government tightening of building regulations. From early December until the end of March, only nine applications for new wind turbines have been applied throughout Bavaria under the new spacing rules. This is clear from the data transmitted by the Environment Ministry in response to a parliamentary question by the Greens.
The new law has been in effect since November 2014, The law established a a minimum distance of ten times turbine height to the nearest resudence. So a 200-meter high wind turbine must be 2000 meters from the nearest residential house.
A total of 37 new wind turbines were applied for in the sampled period by the Greens - but part of it still under the old law. Twelve of the planned wind turbines found sites that were more than two kilometers away from the village. But compared with the number of applications in recent years to now, development will slump. In 2013, according to Ministry of the Environment 573 wind turbines sought permission to build. By 2014 there were 336 turbines.
Fears that the rule change would be the end of wind power in Bavaria have been confirmed, said Green energy expert Martin Stümpfig: "These figures are simply a joke for the area's largest federal state." Stümpfig goes on to say that more turbines may be sought as developers become familiar with the new regulation, but the recovery will remain low, predicts the Green Party politician.
Stümpfig fears also that the "Bavarian epidemic" could spill over to other states. In the Hesse state FDP has tabled an amendment similar to the Bavarian law.
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