Windparks in forests
The introduction of auctions for wind power support with the recent Reform of the Renewable Energy Act (EEG) will lead to more turbines being built in German forests, writes Andreas Macho in WirtschaftsWoche. Only the most cost-effective wind parks would receive government support, so turbines would be built in the windiest parts of the country, according to Macho. “Windy high-altitude mountain ridges in central and southern Germany are exclusively located in forest areas, so one must build predominantly there,” Frank Groß of the German Wind Energy Association (BWE) told WirtschaftsWoche.
For background, read the CLEW dossier The reform of the Renewable Energy Act.