Left parliamentary group leader Dietmar Bartsch: “The traffic light is stagnating at Groko level”
Bernd von Jutrczenka / dpa
The chairman of the left in the Bundestag, Dietmar Bartsch, has criticized what he believes to be the insufficient use of wind energy in Germany.
Bartsch spoke of a "wind power expansion at a snail's pace".
"The traffic light is stagnating at Groko level," he told the RND.
Bartsch was referring to a response from the Federal Ministry of Economics to a request from his parliamentary group, which the RND reported on.
According to this, the Federal Network Agency recorded an increase of only 264 onshore wind turbines at the end of 2022 compared to the previous year, while 274 turbines were added last year by the grand coalition.
According to the ministry's response, a total of 505 wind turbines were set up on land by the end of 2022, but figures from the Federal Network Agency also show that 241 systems were dismantled.
According to the RND report, the number of wind turbines on land increased by more than 1,300 a year in 2016 and 2017, and by 726 in 2018.
According to the information, 33 wind turbines were added on the high seas last year, and no net additional systems went into operation in the previous year.
According to the report, there were a total of 57,919 wind turbines on land and 1,532 offshore in Germany at the end of 2022, with a total capacity of 66,003 megawatts.
This is a net increase of around 2,100 megawatts over the previous year, compared to an additional 8,700 megawatts from 2020 to 2021.
If you compare the current expansion with 2018, Federal Minister of Economics Robert Habeck from the Greens is even slower than his predecessor Peter Altmaier (CDU), criticized Bartsch, who had asked the Ministry of Economics himself.