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Wind distance rules threaten German expansion targets - government study

Sweeping distance rules for onshore wind could further reduce already scarce land resources and impede reaching the wind expansion necessary for Germany’s renewable energy targets, a new study by the country’s environmental agency (UBA) found.

A minimum distance of 1,000 metres could reduce areas available for wind power by up to 50%, Germany’s environmental agency says

Sweeping distance rules for onshore wind could further reduce already scarce land resources and impede reaching the wind expansion necessary for Germany’s renewable energy targets, a new study by the country’s environmental agency (UBA) found.

Already a minimum distance of 1,000 metres between wind farms and settlements would reduce the areas currently available for wind developments by 20-50%, the study “Impacts of minimum distances between wind turbines and settlements” said.

“An expansion of wind energy capacity compared to the status quo on the remaining area would be practically impossible,” the study says.

“To guarantee a further expansion of wind energy, areas would need to be made available instead that so far have been excluded for other reasons.”

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A minimum distance of 1,000 metres could reduce areas available for wind power by up to 50%, Germany’s environmental agency says

Sweeping distance rules for onshore wind could further reduce already scarce land resources and impede reaching the wind expansion necessary for Germany’s renewable energy targets, a new study by the country’s environmental agency (UBA) found.

Already a minimum distance of 1,000 metres between wind farms and settlements would reduce the areas currently available for wind developments by 20-50%, the study “Impacts of minimum distances between wind turbines and settlements” said.

“An expansion of wind energy capacity compared to the status quo on the remaining area would be practically impossible,” the study says.

“To guarantee a further expansion of wind energy, areas would need to be made available instead that so far have been excluded for other reasons.”

Germany by 2030 aims to expand the use of renewable energies as part of its power consumption to 65%, from 38% last year.

Currently, about half of existing turbines could be repowered, according to current planning rules. With a distance requirement of 1,000 metres, that share would fall to below 35%, the study found.

Bavaria, Germany’s largest state by territory, in 2014 had enacted a 10H distance rule – meaning new wind farms need to be built at a distance from the next human settlement of at least ten times the tip height of a wind turbine – that since has brought new wind developments to a near-standstill.

The state is governed by the Christian Social Union (CSU), the sister party of the Christian Democrats (CDU) that in the state of North-Rhine-Westphalia also wants to push through a wind distance rule.

“If you want to prescribe distances of 1,000 metres or more for wind turbines, you paralyse the expansion of wind energy in Germany,” says Julia Verlinden, spokeswoman for energy policy in parliament for the opposition Green Party.

“With that the study exposes demands from the ranks of the CDU/CSU for sweeping distance rules or impediments in planning right for what they really are: a fundamental attack on the Energiewende [energy transition] and climate protection.”


Source: https://www.rechargenews.co...

MAR 25 2019
http://www.windaction.org/posts/49675-wind-distance-rules-threaten-german-expansion-targets-government-study
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