Energy: SSW faction leader: Country must act on wind and solar energy

Energy: SSW faction leader: Country must act on wind and solar energy

SSW parliamentary group leader: country must act on wind and solar energy

Wind turbines are in a field.  Photo: Marcus Brandt/dpa/Symbolbild

Wind turbines are in a field. photo

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The expansion of the liquid gas terminal in Brunsbüttel is progressing rapidly under the pressure of Russian aggression. SSW faction leader Harms, on the other hand, sees a need to catch up on the expansion of plants for generating energy from the sun and wind.

The parliamentary group leader of the South Schleswig Voters’ Association SSW, Lars Harms, calls for more speed from the state government in the expansion of wind and solar energy. He is surprised that planning acceleration works for LNG terminals, but not for the construction of wind turbines. “It can’t be,” Harms told the German Press Agency.

There are no initiatives by the state government to speed up planning. “Then you always say, that’s the federal government. But we have the Federal Council for that, to give it a little gas.” It is fortunate that the large new lines are almost completely finished in order to be able to discharge the electricity from Schleswig-Holstein, at least in the direction of Lower Saxony.

Harms recalled the state’s obligation to allocate three percent instead of the previous two percent of the state’s area to wind energy. “The process is still not started.” But it has to be done quickly, Harms demanded.

The parliamentary group leader also criticized the country for not creating any regulations for large open-space solar systems. Each municipality must decide independently, based on the current legal basis, whether and how they want something like this. “Without having an overarching plan, without getting help. That’s not enough because it will lead to conflicts.” Conflicts mean that projects are slowing down – but you can’t afford that at a time when you have to get away from fossil energies quickly.

Harms referred to neighboring Denmark. Every household there should receive a message from the state by the end of the year about how it will heat from 2028 onwards. “That means the Danish state takes responsibility.” In Germany, everyone is told that they have to take care of it themselves and bear the investment alone. In Denmark, on the other hand, the state provides the infrastructure and you only have to connect your household.


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