Increasingly Powerful Headwinds Ahead: Germany’s Wind Industry Faces Extinction …”Several 10,000 Jobs Lost “

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Online site wind energy proponent site, Energiezukunft.eu here presents a commentary telling why Germany is seeing ever increasing resistance to wind energy projects and how the wind industry could be seeing the final nail in its coffin.

German wind industry losing its shine, seeing growing resistance. Photo: Pierre Gosselin

Behind the mounting resistance are hundreds of anti-wind farm citizens’ initiatives across the country, stricter rules for wind projects and powerful anti-wind bureaucrats now heading key government positions.

According to Energiezukunft.eu,(Energy Future.eu) the new German draft laws are also calling on wind farm operators “to participate in the costs of grid expansion”, a costly requirement that wind energy proponents say “could ruin the wind energy industry”.

“Actions in the Ministry of Economics show: This is being done deliberately.”

Wind running up against fierce citizens’ opposition

Once welcome with open arms by citizens in Europe, wind projects today are being met with fierce opposition as citizens have come to realize how wind parks horrendously blight the landscape, threaten endangered species, produce unhealthy infrasound and generate electricity only sporadically.

Actions speaking louder than words

While the German CDU/CSU/SPD grand coalition government openly preaches the virtues of changing over to green energies like wind and sun and that they are the future, their actions and proposals in reality speak tell us the opposite. The German government indeed seems to be ending the free ride that wind energy has enjoyed for more than 2 decades.

Energiezukunft.eu reports that the planned grid expansion participation regulation “could stifle the construction of new wind turbines in overloaded power grids such as those in northern Germany” and “would lead to incalculable costs for wind farm operators.”

Onshore wind parks are looking less attractive than ever.

Anti-wind citizens groups now a formidable force

Once ridiculed and often ignored, citizens’ initiatives against wind projects now “have great influence up to the highest circles” of federal ministries, Energiezukunft.eu acknowledges.

Wind energy proponent Energiezukunft.eu attacks the citizen initiatives, claiming their arguments “are often put forward under the guise of environmental protection.” Energiezukunft.eu then even claims wind turbines in fact protect species and the environment: “In addition, there is climate change, which severely disrupts and destroys the environment of the animals. The expansion of wind power would bring positive benefits here.”

Anti-wind officials in key positions

Energiezukunft.eu points out there is another major obstacle that the wind industry is facing in the future: high-level, anti-wind energy officials appointed to key positions, such as Stephanie von Ahlefeldt, head of the “Energy Policy – Electricity and Networks” department.

Because Ahlefeldt is now sitting at the levers of control, “She knows exactly which levers to pull in order to make a difference, and she is pulling all the levers at the same time,” Energiezukunft.eu warns.

Bleak future for German wind energy
Bright future for conservationists

The mounting obstacles against wind energy from citizens initiatives, stricter regulations and powerful anti-wind officials in key positions mean the future for wind energy development across Germany’s landscape looks bleaker than ever. This has real environmentalists celebrating.

Tens of thousands of wind jobs lost

The situation for the wind industry in Germany has been dismal for some two years. Energiezukunft.eu writes: “Several 10,000 jobs have already been lost in the wind energy sector” and “many thousands more jobs are at risk as a result of the planned regulations.”

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27 responses to “Increasingly Powerful Headwinds Ahead: Germany’s Wind Industry Faces Extinction …”Several 10,000 Jobs Lost “”

  1. Kenan Meyer

    There is absolutely zero reason for rejoicing. Government keeps shutting down conventional power plants anyway. Next in line a nuclear power plant on january 1st next year.

    1. BoyfromTottenham

      Kenan, so what is it going to take to reverse Frau Merkel’s unilateral decision to close Germany’s perfectly OK nuclear power plants decades ahead of schedule? Blackouts? Huge and unaffordable power bills for German citizens? Businesses that need affordable power? Soaring unemployment? Hundreds of thousands of Germans rioting like the Yellow Vests? I could go on…

    2. HotScot

      @Kenan Meyer

      Then Germany’s facing a massive problem when wind turbines are all decommissioned well within the next 20 years and they find themselves with no energy.

      The price of following hysterical green diktat!

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  3. Petit_Barde

    “In addition, there is climate change, which severely disrupts and destroys the environment of the animals. The expansion of wind power would bring positive benefits here.”

    In other words :
    – Yes, we are very proud of ourselves for eradicating species before they could eventually suffer from any conjectural climate change and this is highly beneficial to them.

    Energiezukunft.eu is clearly in the running to win the climate clown’s World Championship.

  4. Mike

    I am sadenned by the news in one way because I like the idea of wind energy and the technology. It is a shame that it has grown so fast due to subsidies, and reliance on climate change alarmism.

    News like this though brings hope, a light at the end of the tunnel for the madness to stop.

    I wonder how the support and maintenance of all the wind turbines out there can be supported when the industry is in decline and so many workers lost to other industries.

    1. Adam Gallon

      There are no valid reasons for wind energy, outside of remote & off grid settlements. Without the climate change alarmism & the subsidies, there’d be little wind used, outside of the small units used to pump water from wells.
      Once the companies running these wind subsidy farms, declare themselves bankrupt, the only maintenance & support/decommissioning, will be carried out with tax payers’ money.

  5. Phil Salmon

    An ode to wind power

    I met a traveler from an antique land
    Who said: a rusting column, overgrown
    Stands on a hillside. Nearby, on the ground
    Half sunk, a long and curving shaft lies prone
    Though rusted through, its pointed arching shape
    Tells of design-ed form to catch the wind
    And force a mighty gearing to rotate
    Creating power free from carbon sin
    And on the pedestal these words appear
    Upon a green-corroded plaque of brass
    “Clean as the air” words written out of fear
    Of warming doom that never came to pass
    Uncluttered hills and valleys all around
    Sun kissed, breathe free from baleful infrasound

    Original: Ozymandius, by Shelley (England, 1818)

    I met a traveler from an antique land
    Who said – two vast and trunkless legs of stone
    Stand in the desert. Near them, on the ground
    Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown
    And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command
    Tell that its sculptor well these passions read
    Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things
    The hand that mocked them, and the heart that fed
    And on the pedestal these words appear:
    “My name is Ozymandius, king of kings
    Look on my works ye mighty and despair.”
    Nothing beside remains, round the decay
    Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare
    The lone and level sands stretch far away.

    1. Yonason

      Nicely done. The themes associated with megalomaniacal delusions of grandeur are, sadly, based on enduring human traits.

      (I had totally forgotten about “evil Bert,” until I saw your picture.)
      https://moderskeppet.se/live/bert-is-evil/

      Thanks (i think).

      1. Phil Salmon

        The puppet was made by my daughter at school.
        I didn’t know it was like Evil Bert – thanks!
        Maybe a Mexican version.

        1. Yonason

          Maybe someone else, and just looks like him.

          Your daughter has talent! 🙂

  6. Gerry

    Oh Goody! Now we’ll see more turbine investment in Australia – not in the middle of the desert but in the farming areas and no doubt putting cows off their milk making and sheep off their lambing etc etc ….and btw in Australia, the authorities insist the illnesses from wind turbines don’t exist – I think the wind must be swirling in the opposite direction In the Southern Hemisphere so people are feeling healthier(?)

  7. Kurt in Switzerland

    Voters in the Lumnezia (Lugnez) region of Grisons, today rejected plans for continued studies on a modern wind power project consisting of 18 ea. 120 m high wind turbines, much to the disappointment of the developers and those attempting to steer the future climate to a benign state.

    Thanks to direct democracy!

  8. Kurt in Switzerland

    https://www.cdt.ch/svizzera/politica/niente-parco-eolico-a-lumnezia-EL2058655

    (In Italian)
    Lumnezia is Rumantsch-speaking, in the Surselva district.

  9. Michael Cunningham

    More power to Stephanie von Ahlefeldt. And it doesn’t have to be “green”.

  10. LARRIE COLE
    1. Yonason

      “parts per trillion” – BBC

      On a scale of from 1% to 100% that’s indistinguishable from baseline ( = 0).

      BBC has long been gone over to the dark side.

      Thanks for the laugh, L.C.

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  13. Richard Mann

    It is well past time to turn off Turbines due to known and documented health harm. Please ask anyone who denies health harm of Industrial Wind Turbines to watch this presentation. University of Waterloo, Waterloo Ontario Canada.

    Title: “Infrasound and Low Frequency Noise: Physics & Cells, History & Health”
    Speaker: Dr Mariana Alves-Pereira
    Location: University of Waterloo
    Date: September 12, 2019

    Video archive of presentation:
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    Dr. Alves-Pereira’s research profile is at https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Mariana_Alves-pereira

    Note: there is approx 2 mins of dead air at the beginning. The talk is ~50 minutes, followed by a long Q&A.

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