Hermann Albers, the president of the German Wind Energy Association (BWE), is quite conviced that the government has made a "fatal mistake" with the introduction of a minimum distance for wind turbines of 1,000 meters (1,093 yards) from residential areas. And German consultancy group Prognos believes that the German onshore wind power's "success story is currently in danger" amid growing pressure on the sector. As the warning signs for the German wind power industry are flashing red, the recent meeting between industry and government officials at least created a "better understanding" of the problems BWE said, but key issues remain unresolved. The share of renewable energy in Germany's energy consumption reached a record of 43% in the first nine months of 2019, figures from utilities association BDEW and research foundation ZSW show. But the headline figure conceals the fact that nationwide only 35 new windmills with a combined output of 290 megawatts (MW) … [Read more...] about German wind power blown off course
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On Easter Monday, there were a series of protests in Germany against the SuedLink project. They included about 2,000 people who traveled to central Germany, near Schweinfurt, to protest the proposed 700-kilometer (435-mile) long underground energy cable running from the north German coast to the south. Protesters rallied against the energy cable in Lauchröden Some of the participants objected on the grounds of the multi-billion euro costs of the project, others that it had not been thought through properly. One participant told public broadcaster ARD that she disliked the idea that it might be used by foreign companies. Farmers suggested the cable would heat and disrupt the soil, making it less fertile for growing crops. Many felt they were not being listened to by the authorities. SuedLink is being developed by TenneT, the Dutch-German transmission system operator and TransnetBW from southwest Germany. Demonstrators in Lauchröden Changing supply and demand In a … [Read more...] about Germany: Protesters oppose SuedLink wind energy cable
Labour is promising to create 1m green jobs in the energy sector and through nationwide home refurbishments in a bid to tackle the climate crisis. Environmental protection is expected to be a central theme of Jeremy Corbyn’s general election manifesto, launched in Birmingham today, with new jobs promised through insulation upgrades, offshore wind and carbon capture developments. The focus on tackling climate change while also supporting mass job creation is likely to be a resolution of tension between ambitious de-carbonisation targets set by Labour activists at the autumn party conference and union concerns about job losses. Tim Roache, GMB’s general secretary, had previously warned that heading for a 2030 net zero target could threaten jobs across the country. Speaking ahead of the manifesto launch, leader of the Labour party Jeremy Corbyn said: “This election is the last opportunity to take the vital action to head off runaway climate change. “The next Labour … [Read more...] about Labour manifesto promises 1m green jobs to tackle climate crisis
For every benefit of the internet of things, such as being able to unlock a garage door with your mobile phone, or find your car keys by sending them a text message, there’s a downside. From web-connected smoke-alarms that can be “unintentionally deactivated” with the wave of a hand to smart light fixtures that, after a software update, refuse to work with lightbulbs made by other brands, it sometimes seems like the internet of things is just an abbreviation “the internet of things that should not have been connected to the internet”. This week, technology site Ars Technica highlighted one more reason to keep the world resolutely unconnected: a search engine that allows users to find live video of anything from an internet-connected webcam which lacks proper security precautions. This ranges from banal feeds of back gardens, offices and shops – to intrusive videos of sleeping babies whose parents use webcams as a monitoring device. The search engine … [Read more...] about Search engine lets users find live video of sleeping babies
Chernobyl is the explosive HBO show that has taken the world by storm and scored a higher IMDb than Game Of Thrones and Breaking Bad. The five-part series follows an investigative commission appointed in the wake of the devastating nuclear accident on April 26, 1986. The show has been lauded by many in the West as a harrowing and realistic account of those who battled to save the world from the toxic radiation emitting from the plant's Reactor Four. Yet its historical accuracy has now been brought into question, with a furious Russia planning to make its own series portraying the nuclear disaster as the work of an American CIA operative. Here, MailOnline unpick the fact from the fiction in the series, looking at the main characters and what really happened to them. Valery Legasov: The Soviet chemist What happened in the show... The show's main character Legasov, played by Jared Harris, is a prominent Soviet inorganic chemist and a member of the bloc's Academy of … [Read more...] about The TRUTH about hit TV show Chernobyl: Are the characters real, what happened to them and how much creative licence did writers of acclaimed HBO series about 1986 nuclear disaster take?