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Wind power crisis and job cuts: Enercon wants to talk politics; 3000 jobs disappear

But the days when Germany was the largest market for wind turbines in Europe are over. Now there is a slowdown in the industry. In the first half of 2019, the expansion of wind power on land almost came to a standstill. Only about 150 wind turbines were newly built, about 80 percent less than last year.

Aurich / Magdeburg - After the announcement of a drastic job cuts at the wind power plant manufacturer Enercon, politics and business are looking for ways out.

Talks are planned this week with state and federal authorities, said an Enercon spokesman in the East Frisian Aurich. Enercon had announced on Friday that due to reduce sales it will be cutting upto 3,000 jobs. The Enercon group employs around 18,000 people worldwide.

To justify the job cuts, the company referred to Germany's energy policy which, it says,has led to a collapse of theonshore wind market.

The federal government wants to actually promote renewables: By 2030, the share of green electricity in electricity consumption in Germany should rise to 65 percent. In the first nine months of this year, according to figures from the energy industry, it was around 43 percent. By 2022, the last nuclear power plant will be off the grid and 2038 is slated as theend of coal generation.

But the days when Germany was the largest market for wind turbines in Europe are over. Now there is a slowdown in the industry. In the first half of 2019, the expansion of wind power on land almost came to a standstill. Only about... more [truncated due to possible copyright]  

Aurich / Magdeburg - After the announcement of a drastic job cuts at the wind power plant manufacturer Enercon, politics and business are looking for ways out.

Talks are planned this week with state and federal authorities, said an Enercon spokesman in the East Frisian Aurich. Enercon had announced on Friday that due to reduce sales it will be cutting up to 3,000 jobs. The Enercon group employs around 18,000 people worldwide.

To justify the job cuts, the company referred to Germany's energy policy which, it says, has led to a collapse of the onshore wind market.

The federal government wants to actually promote renewables: By 2030, the share of green electricity in electricity consumption in Germany should rise to 65 percent. In the first nine months of this year, according to figures from the energy industry, it was around 43 percent. By 2022, the last nuclear power plant will be off the grid and 2038 is slated as the end of coal generation. 

But the days when Germany was the largest market for wind turbines in Europe are over. Now there is a slowdown in the industry. In the first half of 2019, the expansion of wind power on land almost came to a standstill. Only about 150 wind turbines were newly built, about 80 percent less than last year.

"The current energy and climate policy not only jeopardizes know-how and jobs created in our industry over the years, but also climate protection and the energy transition as a whole," said Enercon manager Kettwig. "After presenting the climate protection package of the Federal Government, it is now clear that the problems for us are even greater."

The Federal Wind Energy Association said the job cuts at Enercon are a "wake-up call". President Hermann Albers called on the government to "keep the value creation network for wind in Germany". The district head of the IG Metall coast, Meinhard Geiken, warned: "There is a threat of a dramatic loss in the wind industry."

"The dismantling concerns our own enterprise and direct production partners," said Enercon spokesman Felix Rehwald. But also suppliers, craft businesses and regional temporary employment companies are set to feel the consequences. East Frisia and Magdeburg are particularly affected. The exact size of each site or the impact on supply chains is not yet known.

Enercon posted negative earnings for the first time in 2018 and wrote a loss of 200 million euros, said Rehwald. For the current year, an even higher loss in the three-digit million range is expected. In Germany, the company had built only 65 wind turbines in the first ten months of this year, in 2017 it was still 711.

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Source: https://www.zeit.de/news/20...

NOV 10 2019
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