One thousand wind turbines in Hesse to allow for nuclear exit
Central German federal state Hesse is about to inaugurate its 1,000th wind turbine, putting it firmly on its way to ending the state’s reliance on nuclear power, Hesse’s economy minister Tarek al-Wazir told Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. “We’ll tear [nuclear plant] Biblis down, and have saved as much CO2 between 2014 and 2016 as 550,000 cars emit [with the new wind turbines],” Green politician al-Wazir said. The Energiewende’s costs had to be contrasted with “900 reportable events” in the now decomissioned nuclear plant, “1,800 tonnes of radioactive waste and estimated disposal and storage costs of about 2.5 billion euros,” according to al-Wazir.
See the CLEW dossier Onshore wind power in Germany for background.