Angry Green Parliamentarian Fumes: New 10 H Rule Means “It’s Over For Wind Power In Bavaria”!

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The online Munich-based Süddeutsche Zeiting here (SZ) reports that Bavaria’s recently upheld 10 H rule, which requires wind turbines to be set back away from residential homes a distance that is 10 times the turbine’s height, literally spells “the end for wind power” in the south German idyllic state.

The SZ writes:

At the state council offices in Bavaria in the first quarter of 2016, not a single application for a wind turbine was made in 2016.”

Moreover, insiders say that the same is true for the second quarter as well. This means that the construction of new wind turbine parks in Bavaria’s rolling hills landscape has literally been stopped dead in its tracks. Wind energy opponents and original environmentalists are cheering the development.

Green Bavarian parliamentarian Martin Stümpfig reacted angrily, claiming that “immense damage” has been caused (to the wind industry). According to the SZ, Stümpfig said:

This means it’s over for wind power in Bavaria.”

The highly controversial 10 H rule was passed by the Bavarian state government as citizens protested the blighted forests and natural scenery caused by the industrial turbines. The rule came under heavy fire from Greens and wind power proponents, who challenged it in court. But the court upheld the rule, read here.

The SZ writes that the 10 H rule is hitting wind power companies such as Ostwind very hard, writing that the company no longer sees “any perspective for wind power in the Freistaat“. The company is currently erecting 10 Nordex turbines each rated at 3.0 megawatts in the middle of a forest Windpark Reichertshüll.

Strangely the Ostwind site boasts of “biotope shaping and various species protection measures” within the project.

The SZ writes:

It is not only the largest forest wind park in Germany. ‘Rather also the last Bavarian wind project of this scale for the foreseeable future,’ says Ostwind managing director Rolf Bungart.”

Bungart puts the blame for the wind park approval halt in Bavaria squarely on the 10 H rule.

Good news: no more industrialization of the forest – at least in Bavaria. A large share of the local population are glad about it.

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11 responses to “Angry Green Parliamentarian Fumes: New 10 H Rule Means “It’s Over For Wind Power In Bavaria”!”

  1. DirkH

    “Strangely the Ostwind site boasts of “biotope shaping and various species protection measures” within the project.”

    Well that’s simple:
    -biotope shaping: Killing off birds of prey, a normal side effect of wind power.
    -Species protection: Rodents are more protected once the Red Kites are all dead.

    See how easy that is to decode?

  2. sod

    To put this into context:

    The “angry green” was using a parliament tool to get a reply to the question, how many new wind turbines are getting installed.

    The court ruling (a bavarian court, so basically this is a CSU ruling) allowed the 10H rule on the weird idea, that even with the rule new turbines would get installed. That was obviously false.

    http://www.br.de/nachrichten/abstandregelung-windkraft-bayern-100.html

    The CSU meanwhile, has promised to build 1500, but is tuck at 500.

    So the interesting thing here is: How will the CSU build the turbine that it promised and that it needs to keep the lights on.

    1. Graeme No.3

      Simple, build a steam turbine driven by coal or gas fire. Continuous output and cheaper.
      But I see you are disappointed about not having a wind turbine near by so I will support your application to have one built close to your house, say 50 metres.

      1. Analitik

        Or just leave the nukes running

  3. Mindert Eiting

    Because the Netherlands is so much bigger than Germany, we don’t need those H-rules. Recently, our railways claimed that in no time all trains will run on wind power only. Perhaps they use giant batteries. Otherwise, you should not pay a visit to our beautiful landscapes, when the wind isn’t blowing. Or come with your electric car.

    1. DirkH

      Deutsche Bahn is even more magical: Only Bahncard owners drive CO2-free, they assure me. (A Bahncard is a card you pay a fixed sum per year for, giving you a rebate on all travels)
      https://dirkhblog.wordpress.com/2016/04/25/april-snow-near-goettingen/#more-660

    2. Rob

      “Recently, our railways claimed that in no time all trains will run on wind power only.”
      What? Are they putting sails on the trains?

      You should go to France, they have nuclear powered trains there .

  4. Papy Boomer

    Rob 7. July 2016 at 7:37 AM | Permalink | Reply
    “Recently, our railways claimed that in no time all trains will run on wind power only.”
    What? Are they putting sails on the trains?

    Tinkering-School-Chicago.jpg

    1. Papy Boomer
      1. Rob

        Good one!

  5. Climate Plan Endangers Germany, Party Leaders Warn | Atlas Monitor

    […] Süddeutsche Zeiting (SZ) reports that Bavaria’s recently upheld 10 H rule, which requires wind turbines to be set back away from residential homes a distance that is 10 times the turbine’s height, literally spells “the end for wind power” in the south German idyllic state. “At the state council offices in Bavaria in the first quarter of 2016, not a single application for a wind turbine was made in 2016.” Green Bavarian parliamentarian Martin Stümpfig reacted angrily: “This means it’s over for wind power in Bavaria.” –P Gosselin, No Tricks Zone, 6 July 2016 […]

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