When it comes to expanding wind power in Germany, Brandenburg is one of the leading federal states. According to the German Wind Energy Association, 21 new turbines with a total output of 93.4 megawatts were built in the first quarter of the year.

According to the report, 24 systems went online in the same period last year. In a nationwide comparison, Brandenburg is thus in the top places behind North Rhine-Westphalia with 26 new wind turbines and Schleswig-Holstein with 25.

In the first quarter, 99 wind turbines with a total output of 407 megawatts were connected to the grid nationwide, a decrease of 23 percent compared to the same quarter of the previous year. According to figures from the Wind Energy Agency, the net increase in installed capacity was 355 megawatts because old systems were also shut down. According to the information, no new wind turbine was connected to the grid in the largest state in terms of area, Bavaria, which has the strictest rules for the distance between wind turbines and residential buildings.

The development of renewable energies is to be accelerated by a package of measures by the federal government. Climate Minister Robert Habeck (Greens) wants two percent of the land area in Germany to be designated for wind energy, which has not been achieved in most countries so far.

The federal government has announced a law for the end of May that is intended to remove the competence of the federal states to enact their own distance rules. In Brandenburg, however, a 1000 meter minimum distance law should apply in the future. After the law was on the brink, the red-black-green coalition agreed on it on Monday. It is to be passed by the state parliament in May.

The state chairman of the Wind Energy Association, Jan Hinrich Glahr, expressed clear criticism. “Now the federal government has announced a regulation that can end this part of the political debate on wind energy,” said Glahr on Tuesday, according to the announcement. “And what is the governing coalition doing in Potsdam? She cannot be helped and dupes the Federal Minister for Building, Klara Geywitz.” The introduction of the blanket 1000-meter distance severely restricts the areas for wind energy and does not promote acceptance among the citizens, according to the association.

In Brandenburg, the federal requirements could still be met, said CDU faction leader Jan Redmann, referring to the many thin areas in the state. According to the coalition parties, the Wind Turbine Distance Act will be automatically adjusted on this point if, contrary to assumptions, the federal government’s goal cannot be implemented.



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