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500 new wind turbines for the state forest

The state government has set the goal of building 1,000 additional wind turbines. According to Environment Minister Thekla Walker (Greens), half of this should be realized via the state forest - the government itself can become active here. "As the largest forest owner, the state of Baden-Württemberg has a special responsibility to support these goals," writes Hauk. ForstBW is responsible for the management of over 300,000 hectares of state forest. According to ForstBW, almost 40 percent of the country's area consists of forest.

State Forest Minister Peter Hauk plans to accelerate the expansion of wind energy in the southwest. Approval is to be simplified and new jobs created - and that's not all.

The state forest administration of Baden-Württemberg, in short: ForstBW, wants to quickly provide additional areas for the expansion of wind power in the forest on a large scale. This emerges from a seven-point plan for a "wind power marketing offensive" in the state forest, which is to be passed this Tuesday in the Green-Black Council of Ministers. "Areas for the expansion of wind power should be identified by ForstBW and made available promptly and comprehensively," says the cabinet submission by Agriculture and Forestry Minister Peter Hauk (CDU), which is available to this newspaper. At ForstBW itself, the marketing of state forest land for the use of wind power is classified as a field of work with "highest priority".

According to Hauks plans, inquiries about repowering - meaning the replacement of existing systems with more efficient ones - should be "positively accompanied and supported" and possible extensions of existing wind farms should be specifically queried... more [truncated due to possible copyright]  

State Forest Minister Peter Hauk plans to accelerate the expansion of wind energy in the southwest. Approval is to be simplified and new jobs created - and that's not all.

The state forest administration of Baden-Württemberg, in short: ForstBW, wants to quickly provide additional areas for the expansion of wind power in the forest on a large scale. This emerges from a seven-point plan for a "wind power marketing offensive" in the state forest, which is to be passed this Tuesday in the Green-Black Council of Ministers. "Areas for the expansion of wind power should be identified by ForstBW and made available promptly and comprehensively," says the cabinet submission by Agriculture and Forestry Minister Peter Hauk (CDU), which is available to this newspaper. At ForstBW itself, the marketing of state forest land for the use of wind power is classified as a field of work with "highest priority".

According to Hauks plans, inquiries about repowering - meaning the replacement of existing systems with more efficient ones - should be "positively accompanied and supported" and possible extensions of existing wind farms should be specifically queried and prioritized. In addition, a powerful "wind power team" is to be established at ForstBW, which should also include business people and lawyers. Hauk specifies the personnel requirements with a total of twelve positions, three of which already exist.

Another point is the simplification and acceleration of the award procedure for areas that are suitable for wind power. The previous procedure is considered complex and time-consuming. The plans are reflected in the budget with additional costs of almost 600,000 euros per year.

With the seven-point plan, Hauk wants to create central prerequisites for the implementation of the coalition's announcements to expand wind power. The state government has set the goal of building 1,000 additional wind turbines. According to Environment Minister Thekla Walker (Greens), half of this should be realized via the state forest - the government itself can become active here. "As the largest forest owner, the state of Baden-Württemberg has a special responsibility to support these goals," writes Hauk. ForstBW is responsible for the management of over 300,000 hectares of state forest. According to ForstBW, almost 40 percent of the country's area consists of forest.

A look back shows that the construction of 500 wind turbines in the state forest is an ambitious goal: In the green-red government from 2011 to 2016, 62 wind power projects were implemented in Baden-Württemberg in the state forest, in the first green-black coalition from 2016 to In 2021 only five. The eco party had therefore accused the CDU of a policy of blockade and made a reassessment a condition for a continuation of the joint coalition. Hauk had signaled early on that he would be accommodating, and with the cabinet proposal, the CDU minister is now delivering a master plan that has already been agreed with Environment Minister Walker.

In an internal strategy paper from ForstBW it is stated that "in the short term", "implementation paths" for the use of wind power in the capercaillie area should also be worked out. The background is that in the northern and southern Black Forest there are many particularly windy and potentially large-scale locations where the protection of the capercaillie has so far had absolute priority. Prime Minister Winfried Kretschmann (Greens) announced to this newspaper in May that the pace of expansion would have to be increased. "The experts tell us it takes seven years from the idea to the erection of a wind farm. Seven years! We want to at least halve the period," said Kretschmann. You have to argue "a bit more rationally" when it comes to species protection: "It cannot be that the Red Milan decides on the energy transition."

Translated into English using Google Translate.


Source: https://www.rnz.de/politik/...

JUL 26 2021
https://www.windaction.org/posts/52677-500-new-wind-turbines-for-the-state-forest
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