German Wind Industry In A Coma: Tenders For Wind Energy Projects “Have Fallen To New, All-Time Low”

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Tenders for new wind energy projects in Germany “have fallen to a new, all-time low”, the online IWR reports here.

After the installation of thousands of megawatts of German wind power capacity led to instability in the power grid, exploding electricity prices and the destruction of natural landscapes and biotopes, protests against wind projects ratcheted up to the point where the government was forced to scale back on subsidies two years ago. The result: investments in wind parks, once seen as the future of Germany’s energy supply, have since collapsed.

The IWR writes: ”

The negative trend in the construction of new wind turbines in Germany, which has persisted for more than a year, is thus intensifying.”

And: “A short- or medium-term change is not to be expected,” the IWR reports.

As of September 1, 2019, the Federal Network Agency (BNetzA) has put out to tender 500 megawatts (MW) of wind power capacity, but so far “only 176 MW could be awarded in permissible bids”.

The grinding halt in wind energy by Germany flies in the face of the country’s commitment to transition over to green energies by 2050. Already experts say Germany will fail to meet its 2020 comitments.

Following the solar energy industry to the graveyard

IWR Director Dr. Norbert Allnoch said: “Politicians are frivolously jeopardizing the economic location of another future-oriented industry, as they did years ago with the solar industry.”

Will the “restart” be enough?

The wind industry is now placing its hopes on a “restart” on green energy investment announced by finance minister Olaf Scholz in his opening speech that kicked off debate in parliament on national spending in 2020. “More of the same will no longer help us,” Scholz said on the German government’s strategy to push climate-friendly activities through support programs and tax rebates.

Climate cabinet to roll out new measures

Major decisions on green energy programs and investments are expected to be announced by the country’s “climate cabinet” on 20 September 20th, but details on wind energy expansion plans remain vague. Currently onshore wind park projects face fierce opposition from hundreds of citizen protest groups and traditional environmentalists who believe the destruction of the German landscape is not an ecological price worth paying

On other fronts, Scholz foresees a pricing system for CO2 and that any measure would need to be financially designed “in a way that works for citizens”.

“We failed to take the necessary decisions in the past decades. There is now no more time to waste,” Scholz said.

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11 responses to “German Wind Industry In A Coma: Tenders For Wind Energy Projects “Have Fallen To New, All-Time Low””

  1. Georg Thomas

    The whole green scam is based on vicarious bigotry. The moment people are affected by it in real life, in their personal real life, they sober up, switch on their rational faculties and resist the nonsense.

  2. Tom Anderson

    Every now and then it is worth re-reading “Charles McKay’s seminal “Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds” (1852) to remind ourselves of the incurable inanity (“s” purposely omitted) of human nature. “Inveterate superstition” is our middle name.
    McKay’s simple message was that people go bonkers en masse and regain sanity slowly, one at a time.

    It is no less true today than in 1523-1524 when every astrologer and soothsayer in London assured one and all that the River Thames would overflow its banks and flood the entire city in February 1524. Most people, except for the curious who stayed behind to watch, fled the city. After a while he refugees filtered back and the failed prognosticators were let off because they got their centuries wrong; the flooding wasn’t due for another hundred years.

    Sound familiar? Global Warming – Climate Change is the biggest scientific deception in history and the so-called science behind it has been derided from the beginning by sounder minds. But I guess you can’t fight human nature. I don’t want to treat this lightly. It is no laughing matter. But would you please pass the popcorn, dear?

  3. ole jensen

    And Danish birdblenderproducer vestas, is letting people go again.

  4. John F. Hultquist

    Consider this:
    A short- or medium-term change is not to be expected, …

    “Change” here is the idea that building wind towers is the hoped for thing.
    But turn it around — start tearing them down. Think of the employment in bringing them down, and pulling out the components. All the ingredients can be sold, transported, and reused. And think of the land. Regenerating the land, building nature reserves, parks, plant new orchards — long list — would be immediately beneficial.
    I’ll guess a lot of folks would be pleased, and German workers will be … working.

  5. MGJ

    Some wonderful coded language there:

    ‘Investment’ should read ‘consumption’ as nobody is even pretending this will economically viable.

    ‘Future-oriented industry’ = never going to be viable in anyone’s lifetime.

    ‘Frivolously jeopardising’ = not doing what I want and I’m really cross

    ‘Restart of green investment’ = let’s try and think of another way to con the plebs to give us their money

    ‘More of the same will no longer help us’ = we want even more of your money

    ‘Support programs’ = wealth stolen from unfavoured outsiders and given to favoured insiders

    ‘Financially designed in a way that works for citizens’ = hide the costs

  6. posa

    German energy policy is to import it all from surplus power in neighboring countries ie nuclear and fossil fuel.. what a brilliant idea.. until it isn’t.

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