Wind energy in crisis as expansion stalls in Germany

Posted: July 9, 2021 by oldbrew in climate, Energy, People power, Subsidies, turbines, wind
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Feldheim village near Berlin, Germany.

Subsidies drying up. Public resistance to wind turbines in the neighbourhood. Is the climate steamroller running out of puff in Germany?
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The German wind power industry is suffering setback after setback, says The GWPF.

Hardly any new turbines are being built, and more and more old wind turbines are being phased out. Now wind industry lobbyists are calling for new subsidies and construction rules to be relaxed.

In the Free State of Bavaria there is almost nothing going on when it comes to wind power.

According to a report by the Bavarian Ministry of Economic Affairs expansion of wind power has been almost zero for several years.

The share of wind energy in electricity production is now even declining. “Wind power is dead in Bavaria” complained the Green politician Martin Stümpfig.

Bavaria’s Prime Minister Markus Söder had promised in 2019 to have a hundred new wind turbines installed in the state’s forests. But according to the Ministry of Economics, not a single application for such a wind turbine has yet been received.

The Greens are calling for the so-called 10H rule to be abolished, according to which the distance between new wind turbines and the nearest residential area must be ten times the height of the turbines.

Modern wind turbines are 200 meters high, which requires a distance of two kilometers. That makes many projects impossible.

The expansion of wind energy has stalled nationwide as well.

Continued here.

Comments
  1. oldbrew says:

    Even existing wind power is not impressing…

    To make matters worse for the wind industry there is now also bad data regarding electricity production. Because of “low wind in spring” Germany’s 30,000 wind turbines generated almost a third less electricity in the first quarter of 2021 than last year, the statistical office has announced. The result was the lowest generation since 2018. The gap was filled by increased electricity generation from coal power and gas-fired power plants. Critics of the green energy transition who have been warning about the intermittency problems of renewable energy see themselves confirmed. – GWPF
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    Time for renewables dreamers to wake up. Reality trumps propaganda.

  2. Douglas Dragonfly says:

    That is a real shame. When they first started marching across the landscape I so wanted them to be a success. For birds and bats to immediately learn how to avoid their slaughtering, maiming blades.
    For lectric prices to be cut down too.

    Alas a fortune has been invested and ecosystems damaged if not destroyed.
    Time has shown this crazy pipe dream, that had its genesis in Germany, has now come full circle. So before further harm or delay, its time to put these non-renewables out of their misery and kill them off where it all began, in Germany.

    This 20 year old failure of a fraudulent concept has now proven it worth, i.e. under performing, floundering scap, that’s unfortunately now just blocking the view.

  3. Phoenix44 says:

    0h dear, never mind.

    Amazing how people don’t actually want to sacrifice their lives to save the planet when push comes to shove.

  4. Graeme No.3 says:

    i have seen, but can’t verify, claims that one fifth of Danish turbines are shut down because maintenance would be too costly now they are towards the end of life.

  5. Chaswarnertoo says:

    No way to recycle the blades. Really ‘green’.

  6. Gamecock says:

    ‘Bavaria’s Prime Minister Markus Söder had promised in 2019 to have a hundred new wind turbines installed in the state’s forests. But according to the Ministry of Economics, not a single application for such a wind turbine has yet been received.’

    Promised? Threatened.

    His problem is Germany has, for now, a private economy. Some people, with lots of money, would have to decide that putting up a hundred turbines is a good idea. Then they heard from BBC/Guardian that wind power is so cheap, they decided not to invest in it. No money to be made.

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