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Germans cut offshore wind goal

Coalition talks reduce 2020 offshore target to 6.5GW

Talks in Germany to form a Grand Coalition government between Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats and the Social Democrats have agreed a reduction in 2020 targets for offshore wind energy.

The previous target of 10GW has been reduced to 6.5GW to better reflect progress to date and to reduce costs to consumers.

The potential coalition partners also agreed to cut tariffs for onshore wind in areas where it is already well established, to cut the tariffs for biomass but to leave those for solar power unchanged.

Offshore wind targets for 2030 have also been scaled back from 25GW to 15GW, according to the German press.

Overhauling the EEG will be a “central” project for the grand coalition, the CDU’s Peter Altmaier told reporters in Berlin. The aim is to make the so called energy transition more sustainable, he said.

A draft agreement between the two parties said that the government would aim to limit the growth of renewable energy to keep costs from rising.

Image: Merkel and Social Democrats agree cut in offshore wind target (World Economic Forum)

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