The development of wind energy in Germany has significantly slowed down, in the first three quarters of 2019 514 MW of new capacity was connected to the network, which is a decrease of over 80%. relative to the average increase in new capacity recorded in this country over the last five years. What’s more, this value represents the lowest annual increase in the last two decades.
According to the portal Wysokienapiecie.pl, in addition to the amendment to the German Act on renewable energy sources made in 2017, as well as complaints related to environmental protection and restrictions in individual states regarding the minimum distance between wind turbines and residential buildings, protests also contributed local civic initiatives for specific locations. Importantly, despite relatively numerous local protests, the overall level of support for the development of this technology in the country remains at a fairly high level.
Bearing in mind the occurring protests, actions are carried out in some Länder aimed at providing local communities with participation in the benefits of the implemented investment, through, inter alia, offering shares in projects.