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German wind energy in numbers

Numbers and facts

In 2023, wind energy had again the largest share in German electricity production, ahead of brown coal and other energy sources.

The graph shows the gross electricity production from onshore and offshore wind energy. In 2023 they had a total share of about 32 % (net) in the German electricity production.

Source: Fraunhofer ISE

At the end of 2023, there were a total of 28,677 onshore wind turbines in Germany.

Source: Deutsche WindGuard GmbH

745 new onshore wind turbines with a capacity of 3,567 MW were newly installed in 2023.

The total installed capacity of onshore wind energy is 61,010 MW.

Scource: Deutsche Windguard GmbH

In 2016 160,200 people were employed in the wind industry. Of which 27,200 people in the field of offshore and 133,000 people in onshore wind energy. After 2016 we saw a significant decline, due to diminished expansion rates of new wind turbines.

Since 2019, employment numbers are slowly recovering again and stand at around 130.000 as of 2021.

Source: Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Klimaschutz (BMWK), 2022

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