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16 Oct 2017

Greens in NRW hold symbolic wreath-laying ceremony for wind power

Rheinische Post

The Green Party in Germany’s most populous federal state North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) held a symbolic wreath-laying ceremony to protest the state government’s restrictive wind power policy, Rheinische Post reports. The state’s governing coalition of the conservative CDU and the pro-business FDP decided to increase the minimum distance for new turbines to residential areas to 1,500 metres. This has had “dramatic consequences” for the renewable energy source’s expansion and the Energiewende’s success in general, the Greens say. At a new wind farm near the city of Wachtendonk, the Greens held the protest ceremony saying that the installation “would not have been possible under the new conditions.”

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