Energy – Lichtenstein – After a dispute, the wind farm approaches Lichtenstein Castle – Economy

Reutlingen / Sonnenbühl (dpa / lsw) – The dispute dragged on for over eight years, and the wind farm now planned from April 2014 is to be built near Lichtenstein Castle above the Echaz Valley in Sonnenbühl. The district office of Reutlingen has announced that consent can be given as things stand. “We believe that the problems can be solved,” said official Claudius Müller of the German Press Agency. Good talks are underway with Sowitec.

To protect the ore kite, Sowitec has committed to shutting down planned wind turbines from sunrise to sunset between March 1 and September 15 – pending approval of a nationwide camera-based anti-collision system. Managing Director Harald Rudolph said: “We are confident that this system will even be certified until commissioned.”

The company wants to build five wind turbines near Lichtenstein Castle in the Swabian Jura. There were seven more in the 2014 application. The citizens’ initiative, the Tübingen Regional Council and the State Monuments Office spoke out early against the Hohfleck wind farm. They argued that the wind turbines would affect the effect of the castle’s operation. There were thousands of objections to the project. The applications were rejected, the objections were rejected, then the Sigmaringen Administrative Court and finally the Administrative Court dealt with the case for several years.

There was a long argument over the sensitive red kite. How many of these endangered birds live within 2 miles of wind turbines? Reports from individual parties did not come to a common denominator. “The results were different from each other,” explains Müller. the years have passed.

Late last year, the state government set the first course for wind power capable of being expanded faster and much more. The Greens and the CDU want to cut planning and approval times for wind turbines in the current seven years at least by half. According to the coalition, in 2016-2021, 645 opposition proceedings regarding wind turbines were pending before voivodship councils. This procedure now takes at least a month and sometimes several years. The average is about one year.

The green and black coalition has set itself the task of building a thousand wind turbines in two percent of the state. At least half of them are to be built in state forests. Prime Minister Winfried Kretschmann (the Greens) admitted that the goal will not be achieved in this term until 2026. In addition, Baden-Württemberg wants to catch up on the development of wind energy by largely lifting the right to object to the approval of wind turbines. The plans, due to enter into force in the fall, relate to wind turbines totaling more than 50 meters. However, the case remains open.

The opponent of the wind farm, the nature conservation initiative, explained through his lawyer Stephan Spilok that the duration of the procedure was due to “inadequate application documents, lack of or insufficiently qualified personnel or planning attempts in very valuable natural areas against the applicable law.” serious interference with habitats, especially in the forest.

In Baden-Württemberg, three wind turbines were installed in the first three months of this year, compared to 28. At the end of 2020, 731 turbines were in operation in the south-west.

In fact, the Administrative Court (VGH) in Mannheim should finally rule on the wind turbines in the Swabian Jura. But last week he referred the case back to the district office in Reutlingen – with the proviso that it was this authority that had to make the approval decision. “It’s not that we are incapable and that Sowitec is reluctant, but that the legal and technical obstacles are too high,” said head of regulatory department Müller. First of all, the nature protection law needs to be improved. The verdict of the VGH is not yet final (Az .: 10 S 848/21). The appeal was rejected.

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