Habeck's carbon footprint: We need tools for wind power turbo - now
Economic Minister Habeck's carbon footprint shows that the expansion of onshore wind energy is at its lowest level in the last ten years. The installed capacity is now to be doubled by 2030. This requires intelligent solutions, and fast.
Germany is not doing well when it comes to climate protection. That is, in one sentence, the opening balance on the status of the energy transition from the new Economics Minister Robert Habeck. The expansion of renewables is progressing only slowly. The result: We are still emitting too many emissions - and missing climate target after climate target. Nationally and internationally, regardless of whether it is the Paris Climate Agreement or the new climate protection law.
Wind energy is the logical choice
What is also in the climate balance: The emissions must decrease about three times more than before. By 2030, 80 percent of electricity generation should come from renewable sources. But not every technology is equally suitable. In fact, wind energy is the logical choice for a rapid and massive deployment of renewables because:
- The potential for hydropower in this country is manageable;
- Photovoltaic makes sense, but requires comparatively more space;
- Wind energy is suitable in many places, including fallow open spaces.
For this reason, the new federal government has already announced the goal of more than 100 GW of onshore wind energy by 2030 in the coalition agreement - more than twice as much as the currently installed capacity.
Less bureaucracy, more space
Such a massive expansion requires a turbo in many places. A first accelerator: Economics Minister Habeck is willing to remove bureaucratic hurdles and speed up procedures. However, there is a problem somewhere else: namely in the search for suitable areas.
The Wind-on-Land Act is intended to help here. Two percent of the country's area is to be reserved for wind energy in the future. For comparison: By the end of 2020, only around 0.8 percent of the total area nationwide was designated for wind energy. However, only about 0.5 percent of this is actually available, for example due to minimum distance regulations and other legal obstacles. The federal states have woven a patchwork of different regulations here. In doing so, they slow down municipalities, companies and citizens who want to show initiative and make their contribution to the energy transition.
Cooperation? Yes, but surface solutions are needed – now
Habeck has recognized the problem and is therefore relying on intensified cooperation between the federal states and municipalities. He would like to persuade the federal states to remove hurdles and look out for suitable areas together. Is this the turbo that gets the energy transition going?
Maybe - but Habeck's climate balance shows above all: We need new answers to the problem of space. This is exactly where Caeli Wind comes in, and from February 2022 it will offer a platform for trading in wind power areas. It brings together those who have previously been looking for each other on a small scale: municipalities with brownfield sites and private land owners on the one hand - and project planners for wind turbines on the other.
With just a few clicks, property owners can calculate exactly whether their land is suitable for wind energy. They can then release them for auction - and thus select the best possible offer. You get orientation thanks to clear offers and data. Project planners can access a large number of areas with Caeli. And, more importantly, you reduce your planning and permitting effort thanks to Caeli Wind's digital database.
The energy transition is a task that affects us all
Accelerate the expansion of renewable energies and remove obstacles: This is where politics, business and society are equally involved. Caeli Wind is our contribution to advancing the energy transition - our turbo for the energy transition.