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An interesting point is why Germany decided at the time to invest so strongly in off-shore. Surely part of that was the belief that on-shore wasn't big enough; but Merkel is a political animal, and I suspect it was done as an "insurance" against politically motivated NIMBY blackmail against land wind power. We have seen very little of that in Germany (contrary, e.g., to Australia).

Where NIMBY blackmail is being used is against strengthening of the grid. Perhaps expansion of land wind power, together with solar, in a territorially even fashion "close to the consumer" is the way to defuse that ;-)

by mustakissa on Tue Jun 11th, 2013 at 10:30:30 AM EST
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