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  • 19. January 2018

    Energy transition to be accelerated – Expansion of offshore wind energy up to 2020 progressing according to plan

    2017: 1.25 GW newly installed, a total of more than 5.3 GW connected to the grid. Cost reduction trends have to be utilized by raising the cap for offshore wind. Moreover, increased efforts for grid expansion and sector coupling are required and free converter capacities are to be used. 

  • 15. August 2017

    Legally defined civic energy again almost entirely dominates the second round of “Wind on Land” invitations to tender

    As was expected, the second round of invitations to tender for “Wind on Land” is dominated by players who fulfil the civic energy requirements specified by the EEG, with 95% of the award-winning submissions. As a result, there is greater uncertainty as to whether the extension corridor can be achieved in the years after 2018, both in terms of time and with regard to volume. Suppliers and producers, as well as ancillary building trades, logistics providers and project planners, find themselves under strong pressure as a result of this insecurity.

  • 27. July 2017

    Expansion figures for the first half of 2017 in Germany Onshore wind energy – Strong expansion in transition, significant risks in 2018/2019

    • Gross expansion of onshore wind energy by 2,281 megawatts (MW), which equals 790 wind power plants, as high as expected in the first half of 2017
    • Industry implementing the projects approved through the end of 2016 – transition effect will cease in 2018
  • 22. March 2017

    The Wind Industry Is a Strong Employer in Germany

    A GWS analysis shows that the onshore and offshore wind industries support 143,000 jobs directly and indirectly throughout all German states.

  • 07. February 2017

    Onshore wind energy: Analysis of the German market in 2016 and outlook for 2017

    After good expansion, there are now challenging times ahead.
    Further high onshore expansion figures for the fourth year running have underlined the continued excellent performance of the German wind industry. The German wind industry grew by about 4,625 megawatts (4,259 MW net), thus reaching the anticipated increase of almost a quarter over the previous year, and very nearly the 2014 level.

  • 19. January 2017

    AGOW, BWE, Stiftung OFFSHORE-WINDENERGIE, VDMA & WAB: Offshore Wind Power in Germany: Expansion Figures for 2016 - Expansion forges steadily ahead, federal government inhibiting further momentum:

    New offshore wind turbines with a total capacity of 818 megawatts went online in 2016. The industry views this expansion as positive and expects that, combined with optimised turbine technology and operating concepts, this will also lead to cost reduction in the forthcoming tendering processes in Germany. This momentum will however be upset by the reduced expansion targets after 2020 that are part of the 2017 Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG). These reduced expansion targets will also lead to a number of missed opportunities for the industry.

  • 26. September 2016

    People can power the energy revolution

    Brussels. Over half of citizens in the European Union could be generating their own renewable electricity by 2050, according to new research released today [1].The research outlines the potential for citizen-owned renewable energy projects in Europe, where 264 million “energy citizens” could generate 45% of the European Union’s electricity needs by 2050 – as part of a democratised energy system [2].

  • 27. July 2016

    Expansion of onshore wind energy in Germany in the first half of 2016

    Strong expansion before the switch to tendering. With a net capacity of 1,892 megawatts in the first six months of the year, 2016 looks like being a good year for land-based wind energy expansion. This strong expansion is being driven by the allocation of suitable sites and priority areas in many federal states. There has also been a surge of permits in order to secure the option of installing turbines with legally fixed EEG remuneration rates.

  • 19. July 2016

    Expansion of offshore wind energy in Germany in the first half of 2016 - Rough sea ahead for offshore wind industry

    As was to be expected, the number of new offshore wind installations in Germany was relatively moderate in the first six months of the year, with a total capacity of 258 MW going on line. The industry estimates an overall offshore expansion to the tune of 700 MW by the end of the year. The new Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG) means troubled waters for the German offshore wind industry. A lower volume of project tenders means the German business base will be more costly and this will mean a loss of jobs. Grid expansion on land is necessary if the energy transition is to succeed.

  • 27. January 2016

    Land-based wind energy: Analysis of the German market in 2015

    Successful wind energy expansion, but the EEG amendment gives rise to growing uncertainty in the industry.
    With a net increase of 3,535.8 megawatts, 2015 was the second strongest year for onshore wind energy expansion in Germany. But the draft Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG) 2016 does away with binding expansion targets, and will manage wind energy expansion on land by means of annually variable tendering quantities. This means uncertainty for manufacturers and operators.

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