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Germany's wind power ambitions hit resistance

Neil King | Kristie Pladson | Natalie Muller
November 25, 2022

Germany's government wants to install thousands of new wind turbines as part of its plan to phase out fossil fuels. But finding a place to put all these windmills is proving controversial - even within green circles. Some critics argue wind is far too volatile a power source, while others warn these massive structures will harm vulnerable ecosystems. So when does this technology make sense?

https://p.dw.com/p/4K361

Interviewees featured in this episode:

Ralf Paschold, wind park entrepreneur and engineer

Annette Müller-Zitzke, campaigner with "Save the Reinhardswald"

Hans Teegelbeckers & Werner Weitzel, Ulrichstein residents and founders of anti-wind group "Gegenwind"  

Fiete Wulff, spokesperson for Germany's Bundesnetzagentur (Federal Network Agency)

Claudia Kemfert, professor of energy and economics at the German Institute of Economic Research in Berlin

 

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