With Germany committed to reducing global warming gases while
struggling to deal with soaring fuel costs, one of the giant energy
companies in the country said Thursday that Chancellor Angela Merkel’s
coalition could only deal with both issues by extending the working
life of the country’s nuclear plants.
Wulf Bernotat, chairman of the European energy powerhouse E.ON, said
during an interview here that it was “questionable” whether Merkel’s
government of conservatives and Social Democrats could realize . . .
The German government wants to build up to 30 offshore windfarms
in a bid to meet its renewable energy targets, Transport Minister
Wolfgang Tiefensee said in an interview published Sunday.
Tiefensee told the Welt am Sonntag newspaper that the windfarms would
be built in the Baltic and North seas and said some 2,000 windmills
should soon be producing 11,000 megawatts of electricity.
The government is aiming to obtain “25,000 megawatts of energy from windfarms by 2030″, Tiefensee . . .
The billionaire Chairman of Suzlon Energy Mr Tulsi Tanti has
said wind energy firms does not require subsidies, as the prices of
fossil fuels like oil, gas and coal are becoming more expensive.
Quoting Mr Tanti, the German business weekly WirtschaftsWoche said that
wind energy does not need subsidies as the fossil fuels are turning
more costly. Fossil energy fuels such as oil, gas and coal are turning
more expensive,… therefore the wind ener gy needs . . .
Germany’s Windwarts Energie plans to build a 20 MW wind park in Buren, in
the German state of Northrhine-Westphalia, the company said Friday.
The park is to consist of 10 turbines of 2 MW capacity each and is due to
take up operations in the first half of 2009, Windwarts Energie said.
According to the company, annual production is to amount to about 50 GWh,
equaling the supply for about 16,500 households.
Windwarts Energie said the location Buren–with an average wind . . .
German utilities and wind turbine makers have dismissed the
government’s goal of boosting off-shore wind power capacity to 15,000
megawatts by 2020, citing a lack of resources and transmission lines,
Financial Times Deutschland said.
The goal, which is equivalent to 3,000 high-capacity wind turbines, is
‘not viable, neither from an economic nor a technological point of
view,’ the paper quoted a spokesman from German utility E.ON AG as
The construction of off-shore wind parks is slowed . . .
German utilities are warning the government of bottlenecks in
power transmission grids due to the difficulties of integrating higher
shares of wind energy, Handelsblatt reported.
The paper cited reports on the state of transmission networks German
utilities are required to submit to the German grid regulator by
The number of incidents has risen significantly over the past two
years, the report said. Vattenfall Europe AG’s transmission unit
recorded 155 days where the situation was critical on . . .