The state is making a new attempt to enforce wind turbines in Salzburg. Politicians say that wind power is necessary to achieve “the climate targets”. You can now define up to twelve priority zones where wind turbines can “basically” be built. The municipalities with reallocations decide whether this actually happens.
There are three locations in Flachgau and Tennengau and nine in Pinzgau, Pongau and Lungau. The state councilor Heinrich Schellhorn (Green), who is responsible for energy policy, says: “It is the government’s goal that we want to put such wind priority zones out of dispute. The aim is to achieve, also with the representatives of the region and the mayors, that a project also has support in the planning and that resistance does not arise immediately. “
Great resistance in communities
So far, all Salzburg municipalities have rejected such wind turbines – and there has also been no commitment by state politicians to wind energy. That should change now. According to Schellhorn, an appraisal should be carried out in November if zones are designated for the development of wind power. This puts the country on the offensive. This underpins the need for wind power in Salzburg, says the regional councilor responsible for regional planning, Josef Schwaiger (ÖVP).
Experts want to enforce wind power
On Wednesday, the energy officers of the federal states met with the responsible minister Leonore Gewessler (Greens) in Salzburg. By 2030, all of the energy generated domestically is to come from renewable sources. In Salzburg, the Alpine Association recently spoke out against wind turbines. Other experts say that it would not work without wind power in the Alpine region.
Styria: subject program wind energy
In Styria, the state politicians created a special program for wind energy and then implemented wind turbines: “Wherever something is planned, there are of course discussions with the population. It’s all about the sight, which is not desirable for many people. But we always have to be clear that we are always talking about a place that humans, animals and plants claim, ”says the Styrian State Councilor for Energy, Ursula Lackner (SPÖ).