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Germans mull wind volumes

Alliance of industry and banks calls for 900MW a year instead of 800MW

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Germany’s wind industry together with several banks and industry groups have called on the government to increase the annual tendering volume for offshore wind to 900MW instead of the 800MW currently proposed in the country’s amended renewable energy act.

This would help to reach a fast industrialisation of processes, said the alliance, which includes more than 30 firms of the wind energy sector, as well as industry groups OWIA, AGOW, WAB, VDMA and BWE.

Low expansion figures in the German market could pose threats to value chains, with some firms moving abroad.

The groups also called for faster grid expansion and stronger links to neighbouring countries.

They added that up to 2020 long-term electricity demand should be evaluated considering the country’s climate protection goals for 2050.

If changes are not made to the draft act, the government’s current plans could weaken the wind industry and jeopardise jobs, the alliance said.

They also called on the government to include a minimum 2.5GW a year growth target for onshore wind in the amended act.

The alliance expressed concern that the formula used for onshore wind figures could lead to “highly fluctuating tendering volumes on a low level”.

Image: Borkum West offshore wind farm in the German North Sea (Trianel)

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