At the Husum WindEnergy 2012 Fair, the Federal Association of the Energy and Water Industry (BDEW) presented the latest data on wind power generation in the first half of 2012 in Germany. It showed an increase of 1.1% to 29.697 billion kWh compared to 29.385 billion kWh in the same period last year.
Due to unfavourable weather conditions, wind power production, however, only reached 2.165 billion kWh in August 2012, whereas 3.055 billion kWh were generated in August 2011.
Hildegard Müller, head of BDEW, said wind power played a vital role for Germany’s policy that aims to phase out nuclear power until 2022 and increase the share of renewable energy in the electricity supply to 80% by 2050. In line with recent comments by Federal Environment Minister Peter Altmaier, Mrs Müller demanded that the construction of new renewable power plants should be better coordinated between the German Federation and the Länder (federal states).
Mrs Müller also called for new framework conditions for renewable energies, saying they gradually had to provide services, which were currently provided by conventional power plants. The next step for a further market integration of renewables had to be prepared, she said. Presently renewables are covered by the Renewable Energy Sources Ac (EEG). They receive fixed feed-in tariffs for the energy, which grid operators have to purchase, transmit and distribute with priority over other forms of energy (under restricted conditions a feed-in management can be performed). Due to the high costs associated with the EEG despite an amendment that came into effect on 1 January 2012 and a subsequent solar feed-in tariff cut, there have calls for changes to the EEG feed-in tariff system.
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