Germany: The plans of Brandenburg’s Economics Minister Jörg Steinbach (SPD) to expand wind power for more green electricity are facing headwinds – also within the coalition. The Brandenburg CDU top candidate for the federal election, Jens Koeppen, accused Steinbach of helpless actionism on Thursday.
“Anyone who has still not understood that we cannot even come close to covering our energy needs with domestic wind and solar energy alone will fail because of the energy transition,” said the member of the Bundestag. Wind and sun could only be part of the solution. “In this way we will not win back the acceptance of many Brandenburgers for the energy transition.”
The Minister of Economic Affairs had announced that he wanted to increase the expansion targets for wind and solar energy in the Energy Strategy 2040. This will also lead to an increase in the percentage of space required for wind turbines, he told the Märkische Allgemeine. Steinbach’s goal was to make Brandenburg climate-neutral by 2045 – that is, only as many greenhouse gases should be emitted as can be bound. The strategy should be available by the end of the year.
According to Steinbach, the expansion of wind power by 2030 agreed by the SPD, CDU and the Greens in 2019 will be far too little. According to the coalition agreement, the output should increase to 10,500 megawatts by 2030.
At the end of June, Brandenburg had a wind power output of around 7,600 megawatts, about as much as North Rhine-Westphalia and Saxony put together, according to figures from the Deutsche Windguard.
The opposition parliamentary group of BVB / Free Voters pointed out that the need for new reserve power plants was out of the question because of the dependence of solar and wind energy on the weather.
An expert opinion on the Energy Strategy 2040, which the state government commissioned, does not answer the question about the location and performance of these power plants.