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Experts in China, India, Russia and America praise climate policy in Germany, but before they imitate Germany' spolicy they should be warned. Does Germany need to reorient itself?
Project delays, margin pressure, adjusted forecast: Although the business of the wind turbine builder Nordex is still running well, investors and experts are increasingly doubting the medium-term targets. This is also due to Donald Trump. DUSSELDORF - From the perspective of Nordex boss Lars Bondo Krogsgaard everything is going "as planned". Sales are increasing, profit are up and the annual goals of the Hamburg wind power group are still "readily in reach", said the native Dane on Thursday with the submission of the quarterly figures. But the investors of Germany's third-largest producer of wind turbines are far less optimistic than Krogsgaard.
The levy German power consumers pay on their electricity bills to finance the build-up of renewables (EEG surcharge) next year will jump by 8.3% to €0.0688 ($0.0758) per kilowatt hour of electricity consumed, re-igniting a heated debate on the cost of the country’s energy transition.
Germany is taking steps to curb its booming windfarm sector in what it claims is a necessary move to stop the renewables revolution from undermining its own success.
The flames struck this morning in Isselburg in North Rhine-Westphalia. Emergency services were called at 6am to the turbine near Wolf Lake. Around 40 emergency personnel and six vehicles attended the scene. Investigators looking into possibility that a lightning storm was to blame.
On Friday morning, a wind turbine in Scholen (Diepholz) caught fire but for firefighters on the ground, there was little they could do.
Wind turbines are now located in many areas of Germany - according to the ARD documentary even at times, where no wind blows!
Local politicians are no longer serving the interests of the local people, but rather “are rolling out the red carpet for wind power companies” and appear to be “no longer listening to the people and about the concerns of their everyday lives,” the national German daily writes.
Germany's model transition to clean energy can mean conflict with conservationists. In Bremerhaven, an environment group has blocked plans for an offshore wind power port with a court order. A conundrum to be avoided?
A wind power plant located between Oldersbek and Rantrum (North Friesland) burst into flames on Monday.
On Thursday, a wind turbine burned in Lathen (Emsland). The total loss, according to police was about 500,000 euros. The fire was believed to have been caused by a defective gearbox casing. Firefighters were at the site in the morning but the situation was not under control until afternoon. By the time they arrived the nacelle and the rotor blades were already in flames.
Germany plans to cap the expansion of offshore wind power at the start of the next decade to ensure the future growth of renewables keeps step with the construction of new power lines.
GERMANY: The German government's insistence that renewable-energy projects must deliver all their electricity into the wholesale market to qualify for support risks cutting off some of the more innovative uses of wind power currently under development.
Siemens has warned its plans to eventually export wind turbine blades from the UK will have to be put on hold because of last week’s Brexit vote.
In a speech introducing the reforms, Energy and Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel, vice-chancellor and leader of Germany's Social Democratic Party, described the move as a "paradigm shift" in energy policy. Germany would be leaving behind a system of government-mandated prices, and moving toward a more free-market pricing system, he said.
Speaking to reporters early on Wednesday morning, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said the talks had "come a long way." Under the planned reforms, Berlin has agreed to limit the expansion of onshore wind at 2.8 gigawatts in capacity per year, which equates to around 1,000 wind turbines.
"We've got into an absurd situation," Gabriel said. "We produce cheap electricity in the North [of Germany] and cannot bring it to the South [because of insufficient transmission capacity], then we buy the electricity a second time from other [fossil-fuelled] power generators as a result, and then offload the redispatch costs onto end-consumers."
Clean energy has squeezed margins at coal and gas plants while driving up costs for consumers in Europe’s biggest power market. The increased flows of clean energy have also put pressure on the grid to the point that the country is considering excluding certain regions from future onshore wind power auctions.
Potential for growth of wind energy in the state will be decimated by Bavaria's constitutional court backing the ruling that the minimum distance between a wind turbine and the nearest buildings must be ten times the height of the turbine.
The Bavarian Constitutional Court today decided that the controversial 10h minimum distance requirement for wind power plants in Bavaria is in line with the constitution. Pursuant to the so called 10h-regulation (10H-Regelung) contained in the revised Bavarian Building Code, wind power plants have to maintain a minimum distance from residential housing of ten times the total height of the wind power plant.