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A controversial amendment to German building law giving wind turbines special planning privilege in non-built-up areas has been blocked. Although the amendment was passed by parliament at the end of June, the upper house referred it for mediation in July. Opposition to the amendment was mustered in particular by previously wind-friendly Schleswig Holstein energy minister, Claus Moeller. He managed to drum up support for his viewpoint from a majority of the other Länder. A mediation committee, consisting of 16 representatives each from parliament and the upper house, will meet on September 9.

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