Articles from Germany
The Bavarian Constitutional Court dismissed actions against the Bavarian wind power distance law. The controversial 10H-rule has been declared constitutional.
The Supreme Court of Bavaria has upheld a controversial state wind distance rule that has already drastically reduced the number of permits for new wind farms in Germany's biggest state. ...In late 2014, the state government enacted legislation stipulating that wind parks need to be built at a minimum distance to the nearest housing of ten times the turbine height (measured from the tower base to the tip of the blade).
Early morning, last Saturday a windmill near Brandenburg an der Havel lost a blade. The failure occurred after having operated for just 14 years. The life expectancy was at least double that number of years. The citizens' group "Save Brandenburg" warns of the dangers of wind turbines.
Because the power grid is overloaded, more wind wheels must always be limited. This costs the network operators hundreds of millions of euros.
For a year, Germans could hope for decreasing, or at least stable electricity prices. But now they know their expectations will not met. Quite the opposite: A recent analysis of price comparisons by TopTarif reveals that consumers are currently paying as much for their electricity than ever before.
The plan to impose a minimum distance of up to 1,100 metres (in the case of large turbines) between new wind developments and the nearest housing comes as a concession in the coalition contract for a new state government to the Free Democrats (FDP) which are entering the government after elections in March. The FDP had campaigned against the rapid expansion of wind power in the southern German state.
All of this—the job losses, the unreliable power supply, the astonishing amounts of spending that could top €1 trillion over the coming decades, and the rising coal emissions to boot—amounts to one of the more monumental blunders of modern governance.
Already over 300 citizens initiatives have formed to resist the construction of new parks across the country. Moreover, recent reports tell us the German government is poised to scale back on renewable energies, aiming to cap it at 40 – 45% of total energy supply by 2025, according to the Berliner Zeitung.
Frankfurt -- If the plans of the Federal Government are implemented for the promotion of renewables, the expansion of wind energy on land will soon come to a standstill. We explain how it could go on until the year 2025.
Clouds of thick black smoke filled the air over Oederquart district Stade. The huge turbine standing around 70 meters kept attending fire departments from working to put the fire out.
Germany’s massive push into renewable energy has a dark side. As green policies drive up the cost of power, entire industries are shrinking. ...The losers include once-stalwart utility giants like E.ON and RWE that are struggling with rising debt and falling shares. Manufacturing companies, from chemicals maker BASF to carbon fiber producer SGL Carbon, have shifted investments abroad, where energy costs are often a fraction of Germany’s.
The US owners of Senvion are dropping plans for what would have been Europe’s biggest initial public offering this year, as their German wind-turbine-maker faces market turmoil.
"The effects of an industrial wind power plant on this valuable biotope are immense," says Prof. Dr. Fritz Vahrenholt, sole director of the German Wildlife Foundation. "The negative impact on birds are substantial and proven in similar habitats."
The accident is now under investigation and a construction has been ordered stopped until the cause of the accident is determined.
Many citizens in Wernsdorf and Uckley are angry, feel tricked by wind power lobby and politics. The reason: The trucks for the construction of ten wind turbines in the local forest area already rolling, but the approval documents for this highly controversial project have still not been published. About 100 concerns were raised against it in the summer.
This is the second consecutive quarter that revenue at Siemens' wind business has fallen. In November, the group reported an 8% fall to €1.5 billion from €1.6 billion, which the company put down to a fall in its onshore wind business.
Michael Fuchs, deputy chairman of the Christian Democrat party, joined fellow lawmakers in calling on the government to employ flexibility as early as this year in setting targets for clean energy growth, according to a three-page note dated Jan. 18 and sent to the chancellery.
A fire was sparked during maintenance work in a nacelle of a wind turbine in Uedem (Kleve) on Thursday. ...three technicians were able to escape but two were injured in the accident, one of them seriously.
Rich Western countries are more culpable than they think. They have transformed their rural landscapes with wind farms and pushed up electricity prices for consumers, yet have managed to drive surprisingly little carbon out of the energy system. The record would look even worse if Western countries had not simultaneously exported much of their heavy industry, and thus much of their pollution, to China and other emerging countries.
The death of a Merseyside diver - fatally choked while working on a German off-shore wind farm - needs an urgent probe, parliament will be told today.