Germany has a plan to meet 80% of its energy needs with renewables like wind power by 2050. Incentives for producers are now being scaled back but in the first six months of 2014, wind power increased by more than 60% (according to this article from TheLocal.de).
It’s a forward-thinking country and it was wonderful to see plenty of handsome wind turbines on our road trip from Berlin to Olganitz for the Nachtdigital festival. Joe Hockey thinks they’re a “blight on the landscape” but I think they’re pretty great.
Wind power is taking off in Australia. Last week the chairman of Suzlon Energy predicted little or no growth in the wind turbine industry this year, except in a few countries of which Australia is one standout. A bunch of Chinese energy companies are investing in wind power in Tasmania, for example. Listen to my report to learn more.
This story was featured on The Friday Daily on 2SER this morning, of which I am now a producer.