1,000 meters – coalition agrees on green electricity expansion

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After a long struggle, the black-red coalition has reached an agreement with the Green electricity expansion came. In doing so, it also came to a regulation regarding the controversial distance between wind turbines.

After long negotiations, an agreement has been reached in the black-red coalition on concrete steps for a faster expansion of green electricity. This also includes regulations for a minimum distance from onshore wind turbines to residential buildings, as the parliamentary group leaders Carsten Linnemann (CDU) and Matthias Miersch (SPD) said on Monday to the German Press Agency. In addition, the conveyor cover for solar systems should be lifted immediately. Planning and approval processes should be accelerated.

“Looking forward to agreement”

“We are pleased that we have reached an agreement today on key energy and economic policy issues,” said Linnemann and Miersch. “We are convinced that our agreement provides an important impetus for the work of the grand coalition and the implementation of the energy and economic policy goals.”

A country opening clause is to be introduced in the Building Code for onshore wind energy. This is intended to give the states the option of including a minimum distance of up to 1,000 meters between wind turbines and residential buildings in their state laws. Corresponding regulations or recommendations already exist in many countries. The existing and stricter Bavarian regulation should remain unaffected.

Funding costs are to be abolished

The conveyor cover for new solar systems should be lifted immediately. In 2012, funding was capped at an installed solar capacity of 52 gigawatts for cost reasons. The subsidy costs are paid by consumers via the electricity price. This has recently risen further. In the course of its climate protection program, the federal government had promised to abolish the funding cover – which according to industry information will soon be reached.

In addition, according to Linnemann and Miersch, a coordination mechanism between the federal government and the states should be sought. This should continuously check the implementation status of the expansion of renewable energies. The share of green electricity in electricity consumption is set to increase from currently over 40 to 65 percent by 2030.

Investment urgently necessary because of the crisis

Investment projects should be accelerated. Against the background of the Corona crisis, this is urgently needed. “That is why we are striving to fundamentally modernize the participation, planning and approval processes,” said Linnemann and Miersch. The core content should be the consequent digitalization, an earlier participation of citizens and involved circles as well as the shortening of the instance route by one instance.

The coalition’s working group has been meeting for months, the main point of contention was the further expansion of onshore wind power. This had stalled because of long approval procedures and a lot of resistance to wind turbines on site. In order to increase the acceptance of wind turbines, Economics Minister Peter Altmaier (CDU) proposed money for local authorities and cheap electricity for residents. The federal states had recently demanded that the federal government accelerate the expansion of green electricity.

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