Wind power is still expensive

Publish date: March 22, 2005

A report by the German Energy Agency about wind power development showed that wind power is expensive, but Germany will continue to build windmills.

Authors of the report say that usual energy saving is more economically effective then building of hundreds of new wind turbines. Wind power is considered to be one of the most perspective directions of energy development for decades. Its main advantage is environmentally purity – windmills do not pollute the atmosphere, do not require fuel, and they are almost safe. Now Germany is the world leader in amount of operating windmills, 15,000 windmills were built in the country during the last 15 years. Their number will double by the year 2010. Germany plans to produce not less then 20% of energy by means of renewables by 2015, “Vremya novostey” reported.

German government agency, responsible for this direction, does not belong to supporters of the idea. Stefan Kohler – a chief of the Agency said: “The fact that wind energy is expensive is incontestable. Usual methods (of energy production) are cheaper”. Anyway, Germany is not going to refuse from “environmental power” development. German government plans to allocate 1.1 billion euros for plugging windmills to the German grid. The main argument for wind power is environment protection and reduction of carbon dioxide discharge to the atmosphere.

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