ROUNDUP: More wind turbines on land went into operation – industry wants more speed
A wind farm (symbol image). © PublicDomainImages / Pixabay
BERLIN / HANNOVER (dpa-AFX) – The expansion of onshore wind power has picked up speed since the beginning of the year – but from the point of view of the industry it is still far below the necessary pace. In the first nine months of this year, significantly more new onshore wind turbines went into operation than in the same period of the previous year. From January to September 345 systems with a total output of around 1.4 gigawatts were connected to the grid – that is an increase of more than 50 percent in output. This emerges from an overview by the specialist agency Wind an Land.
Hermann Albers, President of the German Wind Energy Association, told the German Press Agency that a strong fourth quarter could still break the 2 gigawatt mark for the year as a whole. This would be a good signal, even if the energy transition actually requires more than 5 gigawatts of new wind energy capacity on land every year. In 2020 as a whole, new wind turbines with a total output of 1.4 gigawatts were built.
Lower Saxony’s Environment Minister Olaf Lies (SPD) told the dpa in Hanover that the speed of expansion was still too slow, also in view of the increasing number of systems that are going offline. “And we’re running out of time here.” In absolute terms, Lower Saxony is the largest wind energy region in Germany.
The numbers come in the middle of the coalition negotiations between the SPD, Greens and FDP. In their exploratory paper, the three parties named the goal of drastically accelerating the expansion of renewable energies and removing all hurdles and obstacles.
When it comes to the expansion of onshore wind power from January to the end of September, Brandenburg is ahead with 76 wind turbines, followed by Lower Saxony (71), North Rhine-Westphalia (50) and Schleswig-Holstein (48). In the state of Bavaria, the largest in terms of area, there were only 8.
Because, according to the industry, 165 wind turbines with an output of 172 megawatts were also shut down, the so-called net expansion is 1200 megawatts. The number of newly approved wind turbines that are not yet in operation increased significantly in the first nine months compared to the previous year.
Albers said the key to more permits is in the areas. “That is why it is essential that the new federal government sets a clear premise here. 2 percent in every federal state must be made mandatory.” That is also the goal of the SPD, the Greens and the FDP. The exploratory paper states that two percent of the land area should be designated for onshore wind power. So far, this possible target has not been achieved by a long way.
“Nobody should take away their responsibility for the energy transition,” said Albers. “In addition, the announced tightening of permits is required.” The motto must be faster and significantly easier to compensate for the additions made in recent years.
Lies emphasized: “To accelerate the expansion, we need above all binding area specifications and an acceleration of planning and approval procedures. We now have the chance to set the right course in the coalition negotiations in Berlin.” In his view, “a readjustment between species and nature conservation on the one hand and climate protection on the other is necessary – if possible with a nationwide regulation. Here we need a look away from the individual individuals of a species, towards the overall population.” certain types. “
Albers also warned: “The inadequate expansion and the lack of permits are creating a dangerous mix in the high-consumption south-east and south-west. In Bavaria, Baden-Württemberg, Saxony and Saarland there is a risk of electricity bottlenecks if countermeasures are not taken immediately.” / Hoe / DP / jha
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