Paying money for residents of wind turbines is, in the opinion of the German Association of Cities and Municipalities, the wrong way to increase the acceptance of wind power in Germany. "If you want the energy transition, you have to tolerate certain things without compensation," said Uwe Brandl, the president of the local umbrella organization. This included the construction of wind farms and power lines, in other areas also rail traffic, bike paths and roads.
A federal-state working group is currently reviewing several concepts to increase the acceptance of wind turbines again. The "wind citizen allowance" is one of the suggestions. SPD parliamentary group deputy Matthias Miersch had spoken in favor of "direct financial incentives" for citizens around wind farms. Such a premium would help overcome resistance to wind turbines on the doorstep and thus enable the expansion of the renewable energy source, Miersch told the Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung .
"If we start paying for a standstill, it will certainly start with the wind turbines and will continue through the streets and other infrastructure measures," said Brandl. Politics should make citizens aware that they are part of society and that change only works if everyone is willing to participate. Politicians no longer explain, but instead try to "serve people in a well-mannered manner".
300 lawsuits against wind turbines pending in Germany
Wind power is in a crisis. Hundreds of citizens' initiatives are protesting against the expansion of the energy source. Lawsuits against 300 wind turbines are currently pending in Germany. At the same time, the federal government is braking: the regulations for the approval and operation of new plants have been tightened. In the climate package, the Union and the SPD agreed, among other things, on a minimum distance of 1,000 meters when new plants are built or older ones are enlarged.
The standstill in the expansion of wind power jeopardizes the Federal Government's goal of increasing the share of green electricity to 65 percent by 2030. It is currently around 45 percent. Since the last nuclear power plant will go off the grid in 2022 and the electricity from coal should be finished by 2038, rapid expansion of wind and solar plants is necessary.