Strict requirements for nature conservation are taken into account both when planning areas dedicated to wind power and when approving a specific location for a specific turbine. European, German, and state legislation defines standards for protecting the ecosystem, landscapes, and individual species.
Climate change harms both humans and nature. Renewable energy contributes not only to climate protection; the environment, too, directly benefits form wind energy - thanks to conscious on-site conservation efforts.
Whether it's jobs, new habitats for plants and animals, affordable electricity, or more money in a town's coffers, wind farms benefit nearby residents, communities, and nature in a lot of different ways.
The information brochure “wind moves Germany” has been updated. Not only does the new leaflet inform about the 150.000 jobs in Germany and economic value created by the wind industry, but it is also a compilation of facts and figures concerning the German Renewable Energies Act or ongoing technological development.
The status of land based wind energy development in Germany during the first half of 2016 and on a cumulative basis is described within the present factsheet.
“Yearbook Wind Energy 2015”, the German Wind Energy Association’s (BWE) annual market overview, has become a standard reference work in the sector thanks to its comprehensive list of turbines and high standard of journalism. Each year, the BWE analyses the figures for new wind turbine installations on the German wind market and describes developments on the international markets.
A comparison of subsidies and societal cost of renewable and conventional energy sources. What are the full costs of power generation? The question is decisive in the debate about our future energy supply, but German power bills only provide part of the answer. While they do separately list the “EEG surcharge” to cover the cost of renewables, a lot of the costs of conventional energy are not included.
Local energy for local people. The brochure shows in detail the special things that can happen when wind farms are planned and built with intensive input from local people. The brochure provides an overview of the potential and the experience already gained with various kinds of investment forms for completed wind farm projects.