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German government seeks to resolve wind power dispute with states

BERLIN ( Associated Press) – The German government unveiled a bill Wednesday to resolve a long-running dispute between federal authorities and the country’s 16 states over whether to build land-based wind power plants.

Some German states have mooted proposals that would require them to set aside at least 1.4% of their surface area for wind parks by 2026 and 2% by 2032, arguing that some people in rural areas would have to use their own homes. Don’t want turbines close.

The settlement bill agreed by the German cabinet would give states some flexibility to build fewer wind power plants if they can persuade other states to agree to pay more, including paying them.

The bill also stipulates that the city-states of Berlin, Bremen and Hamburg must set aside only 0.5% of their surface area for wind power. The law further states that profits from parks will be shared with the areas where they are built and that environmental protection regulations that hinder turbine construction will be eased.

Climate and Energy Minister Robert Habeck said the proposals resulted in “the expansion of wind power in Germany again.”

Under Germany’s energy transition plan, the country’s three remaining nuclear plants are due to close this year and coal-fired power plants will be phased out by 2030.

Europe’s largest economy aims to produce electricity only from renewable sources such as wind, solar, biomass and hydropower by 2035.

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