Wind of change picks up for German region’s energy sector
Residents of the rural Bavarian village of Schnabelwaid have said “yes” to the installation of wind turbines on the hillside next to their community in a rare win for an energy source unloved in Germany’s biggest region.
Economically prosperous and hungry for power, Bavaria has dragged its feet on the expansion of wind energy capacity, vitally needed for Germany to hit its goal to be carbon neutral by 2045.
Since January, the southern region has installed just five turbines and signed off on another two new projects, putting it close to the bottom of the league table among Germany’s 16 federal states.
But a new wind seems to be blowing, as the government in Berlin looks to speed construction of new wind projects.
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