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The renewables industry is demanding Chancellor Angela Merkel ends an impasse over a damaging planned distance rule for onshore wind and a cap on support for solar power. Both issues were supposed to be tacked at a meeting today with the premiers of Germany’s 16 states, but energy issues were adjourned due to pressing discussions on the Coronavirus.
“The damage done to the earth by wind parks is irreversible,” announced Waltraud Plarre, an unofficial group leader of this citizens’ initiative, named “Save Brandenburg” after the state in which Schwielowsee lies. Later, Ms. Plarre pointed out that Germany exports most wind power produced, even as energy prices for the consumer have skyrocketed. “It’s insanity.”
The Social Democratic Party (SPD) has proposed a new answer to people complaining about wind farms in Germany: offering money to those willing to live near them. "Those people who accept windmills in their neighborhood, and so make the expansion of renewable energy possible, should be rewarded," SPD environment spokesman Matthias Miersch told the Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung newspaper.
He and his neighbors demanded the operators shut down their turbines from 10 p.m. until 6 a.m. He also joined a 500-strong protest group that stopped the wind farm from being replaced by taller, more modern turbines. Still, the 69-year-old feels the wind farm is keeping him from enjoying his retirement in peace. Depending on where the sun is positioned, the shade of one of the rotating turbines falls on his house. He says it is very unsettling.
Sleep disturbances and burnout are strikingly frequent near multitudinous wind turbines in Ostfriesland. Such serious illness has long-term consequences. Unfortunately, no interest is shown by politicians or official agencies.
Video by the German Association for Noise Pollution Protection of Humans and Animals (Deutsche Schutz-Gemeinschaft Schall für Mensch und Tier - DSGS e.V.). English translation by NA-PAW.org — Subtitles by Friends-Against-Wind.org. “Unexplained medical emergencies and illness. As in the case of increased medical emergencies, accidents, and psychological symptoms with foehn (hot southerly winds on the northern slopes of the Alps [translator: similar to Chinooks]), the same is true for residents near wind turbines.”
Important 28-minute documentary by the science program “planet e.” presented on the second German television ZDF. Special thanks to Friends Against Wind for bringing this to our attention.
Medical and scientific evidence is increasing that not only some animals, but also humans are able to perceive infrasound below the hearing threshold. This is not surprising actually, because "infrasound is an energy," explains Prof. Vahl, "And every energy has physical effects, whether you hear it or not."
Proposals to allow states to set their own setback rules and to abolish wind farms' privileges under German building laws have been presented to the federal council. North Rhine-Westphalia and Brandenburg’s suggestions were discussed in the country's upper house, the Bundesrat, on 19 October and could be voted on in December, according to the German wind energy association (BWE).
This news segment from the German television program “Hessenschau” examines how all wind turbines in Hesse in Germany must be checked because of the noise they make. THe show aired on August 8, 2018. English subtitles are by Vind-Alarm-Danmark.eu and Friends-Against-Wind.org.
A working group of the Department of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery of Medicine caused a stir at the congress of the professional society with their research on the impairment of the heart muscle by wind turbine infrasound. In this interview, the lead researcher explains that wind turbine infrasound can reduce the force of cardiac muscle contractions, under certain conditions, by up to 20 percent.
The Ruhwarders are protesting against the wind farm. They know that it is long past due to protest but hope that the situation can at least be improved. Ruhwarder citizens believe theor lives have been degraded since the new wind farm in Düke was placed in service. The operator is open to discussions - and promises to improve.
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.
Wind turbines are now located in many areas of Germany - according to the ARD documentary even at times, where no wind blows!
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.
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.
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.
Interview of Heimke and Pieter Hogeveen. Extract from the German television programme Unter uns | MDR Fernsehen | October 23, 2015 English subtitles by vind-alarm-danmark.eu
“You cannot smell it, you cannot see it, and you cannot really hear it but maybe it still drives some people crazy.” This powerful news story from Spiegel TV Magazine explores wind turbine infrasound impacts on people. English subtitles added by Friends Against Wind.
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.