German offshore wind turbines opposed

Local authority challenges park fearing tanker collisions, NGO warns of nature impacts

A German local authority has thrown a spanner in the works of the government's ambitious plans for a massive expansion in offshore wind power by issuing a court challenge to the first wind farm proposal. The authorities on Borkum island in the Wadden Sea claim there is too great a risk of oil tankers or ships carrying noxious substances colliding with turbines.

Germany is already the world leader in onshore wind power, and the government has launched ambitious plans to repeat this success offshore, aiming at 25,000 megawatts capacity by 2030, equivalent to 15% of national electricity consumption in 1998 (EED 29/01/02).

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