New Bavarian Wind Power Decree to Increase Share of Wind Power Generation

The Bavarian government adopted a new decree providing guidelines for municipalities on the planning and permitting of wind power plants. The decree is intended to accelerate construction and increase electricity generation from wind power in Bavaria.

The Environment State Secretary and the Economics Minister called the expansion of wind power a key element of the new energy strategy and stressed that Bavaria wanted wind power to cover up to 10% of the energy demand by 2021. To this end between 1,000 and 1,500 new wind turbines would have to be installed, the Economics Minister said.

The permitting procedure for wind power plants shall decrease from ten months to three months. To provide incentives to build turbines with as much distance to residential housing as possible, expert opinions with regard to noise (protection) shall not be necessary if plants keep a distance of 1,000 m or more, the decree says. Procedures will also be simplified with regard to nature protection. According to the state government wind turbines can also be constructed in “suitable areas” of nature reserves (Landschaftsschutzgebiete) and nature park protection zones (Naturpark-Schutzzonen). So far 37% of the Bavarian territory were considered “off-limits” for wind power plants, according to the new guideline it will be only 10%.

Source: Bavarian State Chancellory

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