07 Apr '11, 5pm

Wind Power Gaining Greater Support in Germany

Following the lead taken by the federal government, which has temporarily shut down seven nuclear power plants and called for greater use of renewable energies, North Rhine Westphalia, Germany’s most populous and industrialized state, has hatched a plan to increase the volume of electricity generated by wind power from the current 3.7 percent to 15 percent by 2020. The state government aims to use up to 2 percent of land under its jurisdiction for wind energy. The plan calls for building new wind parks along the state’s extensive network of highways and railways. It also calls for relaxing the current requirement of keeping wind turbines at least 1,500 meters from residential areas. Moreover, local citizens will also have the opportunity to invest in the wind parks. The North Rhine Westphalia government, formed by a coalition between the Social Democratic Party and the Gre...

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