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Germany reportedly slashing climate projects

DDP/DPA/The Local · 1 May 2010, 11:34

Published: 01 May 2010 11:34 GMT+02:00

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The Finance Ministry has blocked €115 million that was to be used this year for various municipal climate protection projects and the construction of 200,000 heating systems that use renewable energy, the magazine reported.

The Environment Ministry said it feared the cuts could have "dramatic effects on investment and certain trade sectors."

Environment Minister Norbert Röttgen fought against the cuts, as did the head of the conservative Union parliamentary group, Volker Kauder.

However, the Finance Ministry refused to budge, saying that because of the recession and the overall state of the German budget, the necessary revenue to finance the projects was simply not there.

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15:39 May 1, 2010 by fair1day
In America these windmills cost 3.5 million dollars each, and generate about 15 amps of electricity. What a joke, and a waste! Condors fly into them and are killed.

Oh, and all the windmills are built overseas and shipped here.

Can you say "stupid"?

Environmental? NOT!
17:09 May 1, 2010 by berlinski
The money being saved is needed to bail out Greece anyway.
21:08 May 1, 2010 by Simon_Kellett
> In America these windmills cost 3.5 million dollars each, and generate about 15 amps of electricity.

Maybe you should import some more advanced, European, technology then (up to the Enercon E-126: 7 MW).
00:39 May 2, 2010 by wmm208
The money is being used to bailout Europe berlinki. Big number coming this week b4 elections....
07:46 May 2, 2010 by pcmason
So people being crushed in coal mines and blown up on oil rigs is fine by you then is it fair1day?
18:51 May 2, 2010 by wmm208
pcmason - Windmills do not replace oil nor coal as a source of energy. Not even close when it comes to manpower hours. You are making a point of safety hazard and for that case you should mention the wonderful metro system in Cologne and that Germany's roads are falling apart with no infrastructure plans to replace them. Schade
13:12 May 8, 2010 by JeffKas1
At the end of 2009, the installed capacity of wind power in the United States was just over 35,000 megawatts (35 GW),[2][3] making it the world leader ahead of Germany. Wind power accounts for about 2% of the electricity generated in the United States.[4]

Over 9,900 MW of new wind power capacity was brought online in 2009, up from 8,800 in 2008. In 2009 added new capacity was enough to power the equivalent of 2.4 million homes or generate as much electricity as three large nuclear power plants.[5]

These new installations place the U.S. on a trajectory to generate 20% of the nation¦#39;s electricity by 2030 from wind energy.[2] Growth in 2008 channeled some $17 billion into the economy, positioning wind power as one of the leading sources of new power generation in the country, along with natural gas. New wind projects completed in 2008 account for about 42% of the entire new power-producing capacity added in the U.S. during the year.[6]

At the end of 2008, about 85,000 people were employed in the U.S. wind industry,[7] and GE Energy was the largest domestic wind turbine manufacturer.[1] Wind projects boosted local tax bases, and revitalized the economy of rural communities by providing a steady income stream to farmers with wind turbines on their land.[1] Wind power in the U.S. provides enough electricity to power the equivalent of nearly 9 million homes, avoiding the emissions of 57 million tons of carbon each year and reducing expected carbon emissions from the electricity sector by 2.5%.[6]

Texas, with 9,410 MW of capacity, has the most wind power capacity of any U.S. state, followed by Iowa with 3,053 MW.[2] The Roscoe Wind Farm (780 MW) in Texas is the world's largest wind farm.[8]

The Tehachapi Wind Farm, with around 5,000 wind turbines, is the second largest collection of wind generators in the world (the largest is at the Altamont pass, near Livermore and the San Francisco Bay area), but is now the largest wind power array in the world in output. The turbines are operated by a dozen private companies, and collectively produce about 800 million kilowatt-hours of electricity, enough to meet the residential needs of 350,000 people every year. With over 15,000 turbines in the state (7,000 at Altamont and 3,000 at San Gorgonio Pass, near Palm Springs), wind power in California makes up about 1% of California's electricity.

Location: Five miles W of Mojave

(POINT(-118.25529098511 35.076650690449))

Address: Kern County, CA

Visitor Info: Public roads pass through the wind farm, as does the Pacific Crest Hiking Trail. Visible from both sides of Route 58, west of Mojave, and east of Tehachapi.
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