SPD proposal to wind turbines: a citizen's money for Wind enfant terrible

For the salvation of the turnaround in energy policy: The SPD wants to reward municipalities and local residents for wind turbines"". There are, however, plan

SPD proposal to wind turbines: a citizen's money for Wind enfant terrible

For the salvation of the turnaround in energy policy: The SPD wants to reward municipalities and local residents for wind turbines"". There are, however, planned to less Litigation.

With more money, less Stress: wind wheels in Gemünd in the Eifel, Germany photo: dpa

With a so-called wind citizens ' money, the SPD wants to mitigate the resistance against the construction of wind turbines. "Those who accept wind turbines in their neighborhood, and the Expansion of the renewable energy permit, shall be rewarded," said SPD parliamentary group Deputy Matthias Miersch of the Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung (paid).

This could be done by payments to the municipalities. However, the SPD environmental expert Miersch thinks even further: "We also need to create direct financial incentives for the citizens living in such areas." In a Federal-Länder working group was examining a number of concepts, in order to increase the acceptance of wind turbines. In the first quarter of 2020, wool is some of the coalition.

At the same time, the SPD wants to limit the ways to prevent lawsuits wind turbines. "Lengthy planning processes, as it is now, we will no longer be able to allow us, if we want to cope with the tremendous Transformation," said Miersch. That's why you'll have a talk "about Reform of the planning law, so higher hurdles, against the wind force to act".

trigger of the advances is the realization that the slump in the Expansion of wind power at risk the government's target to increase the share of Renewable in the energy mix by 2030, to 65 percent. In 2019, their share in relation to the gross electricity consumption was about 43 percent. However, only 160 new wind turbines have been up to, and including November nationwide built – the lowest figure for twenty years.

Miersch described his plans as "the next big test for the coalition government". Federal Economics Minister, Peter Altmaier (CDU), he expects also a more flexible distance control, instead of the currently planned 1,000 meters minimum distance of all the facilities to residential areas. Specifically, the Definition of the residential development, currently five houses, stands in the criticism.

The proposals of the SPD group in the Bundestag are not entirely new. The idea of using money payments to countries bordering the conflicts by means of wind wheels to curb, has been implemented in some of the Federal States: Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania decided in 2016, that if new wind farms at least 20 percent of the shares are to be offered to the municipalities and the citizens within a radius of five kilometers of the facilities.

In the past summer in the Land of Brandenburg had adopted a law to increase "the level of acceptance for wind energy facilities and to increase the regional added value". This should be done by the operator must pay each new wind power plant of 10,000 euros a year as a special levy to municipalities within a radius of 3 kilometers. The money is to be spent, that "for the inhabitants of a reference to the generation of wind power generated funds is recognizable". Critics, however, the municipalities could also benefit from the business tax enough of the plants.

The Greens, who have a say in the Bundesrat in the case of many laws, welcomed Mierschs foray: "We are ready and willing to speak with the Union and the SPD on financial investment opportunities," said group Vice Oliver Krischer. The 1,000-metre distance regulation would have to but from the table. Protest came from the FDP: "The SPD wants to buy the people of your political view of the energy transition, with the money of the tax payer," said the Parliamentary Secretary Marco Buschmann.

Updated Date: 02 January 2020, 19:00

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