CDU wants wind turbines and solar systems on traffic routes

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A 1,000 meter distance from wind turbines to residential buildings is still being debated, but the CDU parliamentary group follows up with an energy concept. She wants to reduce the space required for wind turbines to less than one percent.

In the debate about a “wind peace” in Thuringia, the CDUparliamentary group with its own energy concept. The aim is for Thuringia to be able to cover its energy needs itself from renewable sources by 2040, said parliamentary group leader Mario Voigt on Thursday in Erfurt. Among other things, the new construction of 620 high-performance wind turbines at existing as well as new locations are proposed. “We get by with less than one percent of the country’s area.” The systems could produce ten terawatt hours of electricity per year.

However, federal regulations for two percent of the area in Germany are currently under discussion wind turbines are to be reserved. Instead of the 12,500 hectares that the CDU proposal envisages, 35,600 hectares would have to be designated for wind power locations in Thuringia. “The difference roughly corresponds to the size of the city of Erfurt,” says Voigt.

In its concept, the CDU advocates building new wind turbines and solar systems primarily along railway lines and motorways Voigt. There could be around 400 wind turbines there alone. The largely unused military training area at Ohrdruf (Gotha district) could also be used for this. The aim is to get away from space requirements. Concrete specifications for the required amount of energy are better, said the CDU energy politician Thomas Gottweiss.

Voigt made it clear that his group would stick to the demand for a distance of 1000 meters between wind turbines and residential buildings. He referred to the compromise with Prime Minister Bodo Ramelow (left), which must apply. A corresponding change in the building code is also required. Discussions were still being held with the red-red-green coalition about detailed questions.

The distance regulation almost caused an uproar in the state parliament because the CDU initiative was supported by the AfD parliamentary group and the AfD would have had a significant influence on the decision.

The CDU parliamentary group referred to studies, especially by the Nordhausen University of Applied Sciences, according to which Thuringia’s energy requirements will drop from the current 57.7 terawatt hours to 33.6 terawatt hours in 2040 in the coming years. At the same time, the share of electricity will increase from around a fifth to around 37 percent.