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Squandered millions on “Ghost Stream”? FDP rails against Scholz's wind energy plan


Chancellor Scholz insists on speeding up the expansion of wind power in order to advance the energy transition. But from the FDP comes heavy criticism.

Chancellor Scholz insists on speeding up the expansion of wind power in order to advance the energy transition.

But from the FDP comes heavy criticism.

Berlin – Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) wants to push ahead with the expansion of wind power.

"By 2030, there will be an average of four to five wind turbines a day on land," Scholz told 

Bild am Sonntag.

According to Scholz, the expansion for the energy transition is being tackled “with general staff”.

There is support for this in the traffic light coalition.

Green Economics Minister Robert Habeck also wants more speed in the expansion of renewable energies.

But there is headwind from their own ranks: Because Habeck and Scholz have received a lot of criticism for pushing ahead with the construction of wind turbines.

And from the FDP, as reported by

Expansion of wind energy: Chancellor Scholz's plans split the traffic light coalition

The Liberals consider the plans to be too expensive and one-sided.

Bundestag Vice Wolfgang Kubicki (FDP) said to the


Anyone who massively whips through additional wind turbines, “but has no storage, does not solve a problem, it makes the existing ones worse”.

FDP energy expert Michael Kruse also emphasizes to the


that new wind turbines are useless without storage and grid expansion.

In addition, Kruse warns that Habeck "only makes renewable electricity more expensive." Already today, "hundreds of millions of euros have to be spent on ghost electricity" that does not fit through the grid, is not needed or flows abroad.

Basically, Kruse supports an “ambitious expansion” of renewable energies, he said when asked by the



Scholz wants to promote the expansion of wind power and only receives criticism

Andreas Jung (CDU), climate protection policy spokesman for the Union parliamentary group, complained to the


that Scholz was propagating a "two-tier society of green energy".

According to Jung, important potentials such as “bioenergy, geothermal energy and hydropower” would be ignored.

Jung called for a "wind consensus from the federal, state and local governments" and emphasized that the energy transition also requires joint partnership and close coordination.

Ralph Lenkert from the Left Group also thinks Scholz's plans are too one-sided because the Chancellor is only concentrating on one aspect.

The energy transition will be unnecessarily expensive because coal-fired power plants and fossil gas infrastructure would have to be available as a reserve for dark doldrums, Ralph Lenkert from the Left Group told Die



Energy transition: Scholz insists on more speed in the expansion of wind turbines

At the state party conference in Husum (February 4/5, 2023), Scholz again emphasized the drive to expand wind power plants.

“We will phase out nuclear energy.


In April of this year,” says Scholz.

To do this, the whole of Germany must gear its energy supply towards the use of renewable energies such as wind power, solar energy and biomass.

So far, Lower Saxony has been one of the pioneers in the conversion to alternative energy sources.

Onshore wind power in particular plays a key role in the energy transition.

The federal government had initiated the "Wind-on-Land-Gesetz" to accelerate the expansion of wind power.

The “Onshore Wind Energy Act” specifies area targets for the expansion.

According to this, by the end of 2032, the federal states must designate two percent of the area for wind energy.

So far, according to the Federal Ministry of Economics, it has been 0.8 percent.




Source: merkur

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