German state puts the brakes on new wind turbines

Germany is launching this year's second onshore wind tender, but the country's most densely-populated state plans to implement an order to reduce the potential for new turbines by 80 percent.

The development of onshore wind in the German state North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) risks coming to a full stop. After the center-right party CDU won the latest election in the country's largest – and traditionally social democratic – state, the party and its coalition partner, right-wing FDP, have heralded big changes in the rules for installing wind turbines. These changes will slow the onshore wind development significantly.

"Our point of departure is that it is legally possible to have a distance requirement of 1,500 meters for new facilities in areas which are solely or mostly used for residence. We want to make full use of the legal framework," the two coalition parties write in their platform.

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