Dierks criticizes Federal Minister of Economics Habeck

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Dierks criticizes Federal Minister of Economics Habeck

Alexander Dierks

Alexander Dierks, Secretary General of the CDU Saxony, speaks. Photo: Robert Michael/dpa/archive image

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The Saxon CDU general secretary Alexander Dierks criticizes the wind power expansion plans of the federal government. Federal Minister of Economics Robert Habeck (Greens) run over people with “green ideology”, said Dierks of the “Leipziger Volkszeitung” (Wednesday). The CDU politician warned against relaxing minimum distances when building new wind turbines. “The approach of the Greens in the federal government on this issue is making people more and more angry.”

The Saxon CDU general secretary Alexander Dierks criticizes the wind power expansion plans of the federal government. Federal Minister of Economics Robert Habeck (Greens) run over people with “green ideology”, said Dierks of the “Leipziger Volkszeitung” (Wednesday). The CDU politician warned against relaxing minimum distances when building new wind turbines. “The approach of the Greens in the federal government on this issue is making people more and more angry.”

The federal government wants to give the federal states legally binding area targets for wind power. Different requirements should apply due to the different requirements. Area targets of 1.3 percent by 2026 and 2.0 percent by 2032 are planned for Saxony.

According to the media report, Saxony is currently one of the taillights when it comes to wind power expansion in Germany. The federal government wants the strict requirements of the federal states on minimum distances between wind turbines and residential areas to no longer slow down the expansion. Therefore, an opening clause in the building code is to be reformed. So far, this has allowed the federal states to set minimum distances to residential buildings of up to 1000 meters.

In future, however, the minimum distance regulations are to be linked to whether the area targets are achieved. If a country does not adapt the minimum distance rule and does not achieve area targets, the distance regulations should become inapplicable – and automatically expire.

In Saxony, Dierks said that the 1,000-meter distance rule was able to generate acceptance for the expansion of renewable energies. “The federal government must accept how citizens and political leaders see things locally – and they see it differently than the delegates at a Green party conference.”

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