Bavaria: Federal wind power plans: Bavaria's area below average

Berlin/Munich (dpa/lby) - According to the federal plans for the expansion of wind power, Bavaria should contribute a below-average share of the area.

Bavaria: Federal wind power plans: Bavaria's area below average

Berlin/Munich (dpa/lby) - According to the federal plans for the expansion of wind power, Bavaria should contribute a below-average share of the area. This is the plan of the Ministry of Economics and Climate Protection and the Ministry of Construction, which went into the departmental vote on Wednesday and contain specifications on how much space should be available for wind turbines. While a legally binding area target of 1.4 percent by 2026 and 2 percent by 2032 should apply nationwide, only 1.1 and 1.8 percent are planned in Bavaria, according to ministry circles.

Only in the city states are the requirements lower than for Bavaria. Baden-Württemberg, North Rhine-Westphalia and Saarland are tied. The highest targets - 1.8 percent by 2026 and 2.2 percent by 2032 - are planned for Hesse, Saxony-Anhalt and Thuringia.

In this context, the federal government wants to tighten the thumbscrews when it comes to distance rules. To this end, a state opening clause is to be reformed. In principle, the federal states should continue to be able to decide on minimum distances in the future, but they must ensure that they achieve the area targets, as the ministry circles said. If they do not do this, country-specific distance rules should not be applied.

In Bavaria, the controversial 10H minimum distance rule applies, which stipulates ten times the distance of the wind turbine height to the next settlement. However, the Free State wants to relax them with exceptions.

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