Ever Had A Windmill Shoved Down Your Throat?

How about thousands of them? And then you’re allowed to subsidize them all?


You’d hat them too.

Germany’s Giant Windmills Are Wildly Unpopular – Local politics are a bigger problem for renewable energy growth than competition from fossil fuels.

Despite their surging popularity in Germany and elsewhere in Europe, the Greens did badly in last Sunday’s election in the German state of Thuringia, and the nationalists from the Alternative for Germany Party (AfD) did very well. An important reason is that the Greens support wind energy and the AfD militates against wind turbines. The giant windmills have grown so unpopular in neighboring communities that their construction in Germany has all but ground to a halt.

There are nearly 30,000 wind turbines in Germany, more than anywhere else in Europe. Only China and the U.S., both much bigger countries, have more. Germany gets 23.5% of its energy from wind this year; it’s the biggest source of renewable energy for the country. But in the first half of 2019, only 35 wind turbines were added — an 82% drop compared with the first six months of 2018. Last year was bad, too: Just 743 turbines were added, compared with 1,792 in 2017.

2 responses

  1. I’m not sure how I feel about windmills. They are impressively bits technology, mostly from being big. They generate power, though I’m not sure about the economics. Seems like they ought to viable, financially speaking. There might be a problem with birds getting killed, but once again, I don’t know if it’s a real problem. I think the thing that bugs me is that they just look weird, herds of them standing out on open fields where there didn’t used to be anything but sage brush, grass and corn. They are cluttering up my vision of what should be a natural scene with techno-gadgets. I don’t feel the same way about houses or roads, so maybe it’s just a matter of what you grow up with.

  2. True. The Germans are getting fed up looking at them too, although a lot of them won’t admit it. Why they aren’t financially viable is mysterious. They’re still subsidized. They claim one problem is because they can’t get the power from A to B (down south to Bavaria, for example) but everybody is fighting them every step of the way when they try to build these big power lines to carry the power south. It’s a big expensive mess, in other words.

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