German wind power ambitions questioned
German environment minister Jürgen Trittin's ambition to source a quarter of electricity from wind power by 2030, most of it offshore, has been called into question by two new reports. Official environmental think-tank SRU warned on Friday that the government was underestimating the "enormous potential" for conflict between offshore wind and other interests including shipping, fishing, oil extraction, the military and tourism. Meanwhile consulting firm Övermöhle predicted that the rate of construction of new onshore wind turbines will fall this year and again in 2004-5. See SRU press release and Övermöhle Consulting.