Germany seeks to jolt its stalled wind industry with new offshore plan

(14 Jun 2019) Germany’s wind sector is barely growing any more. To achieve its self-imposed 65% target for renewables, Germany has made the promise, for the first time, to heavily expand its offshore wind farms. EURACTIV Germany reports.

Germany could press ahead with the planned expansion of offshore wind farms in the coming years to a greater extent than previously planned.

Instead of reaching the fixed 15,000 megawatts (MW) of wind energy, it is possible to ensure Germany reaches 20,000 MV, officials said.

This is according to Thomas Bareiß, State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, who was speaking on Wednesday (12 June) at the German Renewable Energy Summit in Berlin.

If confirmed, this would be a first for the renewable energy sector. The German wind industry have long suggested such an increase so that Germany can achieve its 65% target for renewables by 2030.

Although 136 new wind turbines were installed at sea last year, the expansion rate has slowed compared to 2017.

Wind energy currently amounts to approximately 17% of Germany’s electricity, covering more than 80% of the power needs of all private households. However, the wind energy sector needs to continue growing if Germany wants to achieve its climate targets.

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