News Digest Item
06 Aug 2018

Germany should put wind power expansion on halt - conservative energy politician

Focus Online

Due to the slow progress made in modernising Germany’s power grid to cope with the large number of renewable energy installations, energy politician Jens Koeppen of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative CDU party says the country should stop wind power expansion until the grid can cope with greater volumes, the Focus Online website reports. Otherwise, customers end up having to pay for renewable power that cannot even be retailed properly, Koeppen says. He also argues that given the increasing size of wind turbines, minimum distances to residential areas should be revised and more competencies granted to the federal states to determine how turbines are integrated into the landscape.

Read the article in German here.

See the CLEW dossier The energy transition and Germany’s power grid for more information.

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