Aviation law reform could imperil wind energy expansion in Germany
Wind farm Hilpensberg in Baden-Wuerttemberg, Germany. Image by Jonas Werle. Source: https://www.reconcept.de/
A planned amendment of Germany's Air Traffic Act (LuftVG) could block the construction of wind parks on about one-third of the available area, putting the expansion of onshore wind energy in the country in jeopardy, according to industry association BWE.
The goal of the aviation law is to protect the functionality of air traffic control facilities from disruptions caused by structures and the proposed change introduces an expansion of the construction ban. In the future, in addition to the protection of air traffic control facilities, "stationary military facilities for flight operations control" would also prevent the construction of structures if they could be disturbed by them.
In a statement, BWE said that it rejects the draft law as wind energy installations are too low to be a source of disturbance for air traffic control.
According to BWE president Baerbel Heidebroek, about 33% of the entire land area would be affected by the amendment which includes areas of interest of 50 kilometres (31.07 miles) around 18 radar sites. The expansion of wind energy in these areas would hardly be feasible, Heidebroek said.
Access to suitable land is a key requirement to expedite the expansion of wind energy. Last year, the German government enacted legislation stipulating the allocation of 2% of the nation's territory for wind energy purposes. Under the law, each federal state is mandated to reserve between 1.8% and 2.2% of its land for wind turbine installations by 2032.
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