Grinding Halt: Germany’s Wind Industry Faces Armageddon As Turbine Running Costs Escalate

Thousands of Germany’s wind turbines have reached the end of their economic lives; and replacing them is no simple matter. First, the costs of doing so are colossal. Secondly, the behemoths that might replace their ancestors are so large as to exceed the height limits placed on turbines by Germany’s planning rules.

Pierre Gosselin can barely conceal his delight with the fact that Germany’s wind industry is literally coming to a grinding halt.

Green Dream Arrives In Germany! But Repowering Obstacles Pose “Imminent Catastrophe” For Wind Power
No Tricks Zone
Pierre Gosselin
9 September 2020

All is not so wunderbar when it comes to Germany’s wind power outlook.

The green dream, with all its scenic beauty and nature conservation, has arrived in northern Germany. But now that green dream faces more obstacles.

Germany’s Renewable Energy Sources Act, passed in 2000, was intended to ensure the generation of “green” electricity. Operators of wind turbines were guaranteed subsidies for a period of twenty years – with the hopes the technology would develop to such an extent that it would operate economically without subsidies.

20 years later, the wind turbines are still not competitive reports here.

Plagued by high costs
The first problem with the old turbines? The costs. They require comparatively frequent maintenance. “This drives up the costs, which is why operation is not economical in many cases.” reports “A study has shown that at an electricity price of 3.375 cents euro per kilowatt-hour, only 23 percent of the old plants can be operated without subsidies.”

Feed-in requirement running out
The second problem: “The Feed-in priority” law which forced power grid operators to purchase wind electricity. “However, it is unclear whether this regulation will continue to apply despite the expiration of subsidies,” says “This question will probably have to be cleared up by the courts in the end. However, many operators will probably not wait for this and prefer to shut down the old wind turbines instead.”

Sites will have to be abandoned adds: “By 2025, there is a risk of losing 2,300 to 2,400 megawatts of capacity every year.”

Moreover, legal hurdles prevent repowering, which involves “replacing several old turbines with one new and larger one.” The problem, reports is that at many existing locations “there is a height limit for wind turbines. The installation of the latest generation of wind turbines is therefore not possible there. However, smaller turbines are no longer available on the market. In many cases, therefore, the sites simply have to be abandoned.”

“Imminent catastrophe”
For that reason, around 1,000 of 1,691 wind turbine sites are affected in Lower Saxony alone and are currently not available for so-called repowering. “Lower Saxony’s Minister of Energy and Environment, Olaf Lies (SPD), speaks of an imminent ‘catastrophe’ for wind power in Germany,” writes
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  1. What the world needs to finally understand is that ALL of this so-called green energy, whether wind, solar, biomass, hydrogen etc. is one huge United Nations IPCC sponsored scam!

  2. Peter Pronczak says:

    “This question will probably have to be cleared up by the courts in the end. However, many operators will probably not wait for this and prefer to shut down the old wind turbines instead.”

    A strangle of lawyers?

  3. Son of a goat says:

    Timing is everything.

    It would have been wise of Scomo and Angus Taylor to have released plans of their gas led recovery to the Australian public on R U OK day, being the 10th September instead of today’s announcement.

    As predicted the zealots have had a melt down, like the SA power grid on a forty degree day they have become unstable and blown all circuitry between the ears.

    Even Bill Shorten has come out today and stated its now all about jobs.
    For the likes of Charismatic Kane, the Messiah and his disciple it might be a “sign of the times,” as Harry Styles sings;

    Just stop your crying
    Its a sign of the times
    Welcome to the final show.

    • Peter Pronczak says:

      I’m still trying to work out how 3 years of secret QLD government and the 226 turbine consortium backed by Siemans Financial as revealed by a Committee Inquiry that had a tut, tut comment, before the project being publicly revealed, is considered some sort of democratic process. Never mind, an October election is coming and preferential voting will let the runners decide who the winners are.

      That’s apart from opposition leader ALPs Albo being at the Melbourne cricket in an ‘official capacity’ at taxpayer expense.

      Maybe it’s all due to brain cell deduction.

    • Love your work SOAG.

  4. CautiouslyOprimistic says:

    Don’t sweat over the Germans; they will get Russian gas in the new pipeline this year. But the really exciting aspect is that with the windmills being decommissioned because they are uneconomic, the loonie left will be forced to face the fact that wind power will never be commercially viable.

    Now what we need is for the state governments in Germany to get aggressive in pursuing the owner of the windmills to pay for the decommissioning, not just to walk away from the it.

  5. toby robertson says:

    oh dear how sad……

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