This must be a liberal nightmare, especially in a country that has touted wind and solar energy for many years. But, the truth is that the wind farm is not producing enough energy with the dead of winter quickly approaching and the country does not have enough energy to keep the heat on in homes. The loss of the Nord Stream 1 and 2 has crippled the country and they can no longer rely on renewable energy. There is a clear message here, but don’t expect Biden to get it.
German energy giant RWE is tearing down wind turbines in order to expand a nearby coal mine. That has got to be a bitter pill for the ultra-progressives. This will create a huge jump in their carbon footprint. The windmill is located near the small town of Lützerath and will be used to expand the Garzweiler open pit mine. This mine is located in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia.
RWE officials admit:
“We realize this comes across as paradoxical, but that is as matters stand.”
Naturally, climate activists are furious that the outdated wind farm is shutting down. I expect we will see demonstrations in Germany over this decision that was approved by the German cabinet. North-Rhine Westphalia’s ministry for economic and energy affairs has fought the destruction of the wind farm.
A ministry spokesperson said in a statement earlier this week:
“In the current situation, all potential for the use of renewable energy should be exhausted as much as possible and existing turbines should be in operation for as long as possible.”
“We don’t currently see any necessity to dismantle the wind power plant by the L12 near the Garzweiler surface mine.”
The expansion comes in tandem with a plan to temporarily return three of RWE’s lignite-fired coal units to the market, a decision that was approved by Germany’s cabinet. The units were previously on standby.
“The three lignite units each have a capacity of 300 megawatts (MW). With their deployment, they contribute to strengthening the security of supply in Germany during the energy crisis and to saving natural gas in electricity generation,” RWE said in September.
“Originally, it was planned that the three reserve power plant units affected would be permanently shut down on September 30, 2022, and September 30, 2023, respectively,” RWE added.
Germany’s cabinet approved the decision to bring back the idled coal units to boost energy supplies, as energy imports remain hindered by the Russia-Ukraine War.
The expansion also comes after a legal fight for the disputed land in March of this year, when a court ruled in favor of RWE.
The turbines at the wind park were constructed more than 20 years ago and are considerably less powerful than their newer versions.