Germany Wind Industry Expansion Thwarted: Rural Revolt Preventing Construction of New Wind Power Projects

Never again: rural revolt against wind power gains momentum.


In rural Germany, a rural revolt against wind power was inevitable. Close to 30,000 of these things have been speared across Deutschland, often within a stone’s throw of homes, towns and villages.

Driven mad by practically incessant low-frequency noise and infrasound, watching whole forests clear-felled to make way for 300 tonne, 200m high turbines and witnessing the destruction of birds, bats and beneficial bugs, it’s little wonder that the ordinarily phlegmatic Germans have revolted. Notwithstanding their self-issued social licence to operate, the German wind industry is under siege. Here’s NoTricksZone reporting from the battle front.

Merkel Expert Says 10H Turbine Setback Rule, Would Seriously Obstruct Wind Energy Expansion
No Tricks Zone
Pierre Gosselin
12 June 2019

Online German business daily Handelsblatt here reported last month that leading German energy expert Jens Koeppen of Angela Merkel’s CDU party is calling for “drastic” permitting rules when it comes to installing wind turbines.

The proposed rules would make a number of proposed wind projects impossible.

Currently a work group that is focused on acceptance and made up of members from the coalition parties is trying to figure out a way to get around the rapidly growing protests against more wind turbines, whose erection are deforesting and industrializing large swaths of Germany’s idyllic landscape.

Traditional environmentalists and conservationists are livid over the environmental destruction and health risks posed by wind parks.

Protests have become formidable, and as reported yesterday here, Germany’s expansion of wind energy has literally ground to a halt as a result and has thus angered climate protection alarmists and Big Wind lobbyists.

The Handelsblatt writes citizens are tenaciously fighting the installation of 200-meter tall turbines, even doing so in court, and explains how one CDU-politician is calling for a nationwide wind turbine setback rule based on the one used in the southern state of Bavaria.

Bavarian 10H rule has effectively stopped new wind projects
The Bavarian 10H rule forbids the installation of any wind turbine within a distance equaling 10 times the height of the turbine from any residential area. That means no 200-meter tall turbine can be built within 2 kilometers from a residential area. In Bavaria that rule has literally ended the installation of new wind turbines.

Koeppen told the Handelsblatt that “the citizens must be taken seriously” or else “no progress will be made”.

Currently there’s a wave of lawsuits challenging wind park proposals across the country.

Communities risk being surrounded and plagued
The German UBA Office of Environment, however, warns that even a distance of 1000 meters would reduce the area wind turbines by up to 50% in some places.

Citizens are also very concerned about the health impacts from infrasound generated by wind turbines, which experts claimed can have an impact 10 kilometers away.

Once peaceful communities now find themselves divided
Wind energy has not only divided the environmentalists, but also disturbed the tranquillity and harmony once found in many idyllic communities across the country.

Politicians as well are divided. The conservatives in the CDU aim to assure adequate setbacks for wind parks near communities. The socialists in the SPD, on the other hand, wish to relax the rules and thus clear the way for more wind park installation near communities.
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  1. newsandtimes says:

    oh.. this explains Merkel’s constant shaking. Having all these things around your head all the time has to do damage.

  2. Reblogged this on ajmarciniak.

  3. Graeme No.3 says:

    And despite installing 29,900 wind turbines, Germany’s overall emissions haven’t decreased for 10 years.

  4. Richard Mann says:

    News from Ontario, Canada. Wind and solar are not effective for reducing C02 emissions.

    Reference: “Ontario’s Electricity Dilemma – Achieving Low Emissions at Reasonable Electricity Rates”. Ontario Society of Professional Engineers (OSPE). April 2015.

    Click to access ontarios-electricity-dilemma.pdf

    Page 15 of 23. “Why Will Emissions Double as We Add Wind and Solar Plants ?”

    – Wind and Solar require flexible backup generation.

    – Nuclear is too inflexible to backup renewables without expensive engineering changes to the reactors.

    – Flexible electric storage is too expensive at the moment.

    – Consequently natural gas provides the backup for wind and solar in North America.

    – When you add wind and solar you are actually forced to reduce nuclear generation to make room for more natural gas generation to provide flexible backup.

    – Ontario currently produces electricity at less than 40 grams of CO2 emissions/kWh.

    – Wind and solar with natural gas backup produces electricity at about 200 grams of CO2 emissions/kWh. Therefore adding wind and solar to Ontario’s grid drives CO2 emissions higher. From 2016 to 2032 as Ontario phases out nuclear capacity to make room for wind and solar, CO2 emissions will double (2013 LTEP data).

    – In Ontario, with limited economic hydro and expensive storage, it is mathematically impossible to achieve low CO2 emissions at reasonable electricity prices without nuclear generation.

  5. Reblogged this on Climate- Science.

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