German Offshore Capacity Exceeds 1 GW, Further 1.3 GW Completed But Not Yet Connected to Grid

German offshore wind power capacity exceeded the 1 GW mark at the end of 2014, when 258 plants with a total capacity of 1,049 MW were feeding into the grids, Deutsche Windguard established on behalf of various wind power associations and the German Engineering Federation (VDMA). A further 1,300 MW are installed, but not yet fully connected to the grid.

In 2014 142 offshore wind turbines with a total capacity of 528.9 MW, were connected and started feeding in to the grid. Growth more than doubled, compared with a total capacity of 240 MW connected to the grids in 2013 (48 turbines). Of the 142 turbines connected to the grid in 2014, 86 with a cumulative capacity of 309.6 MW had already been installed in 2013.

285 turbines with a capacity of 1,303 MW are waiting for grid connection (capacity addition in 2014: 1,218 MW). Besides, the cumulative number of completed foundations ready for offshore wind turbine construction totaled 220 by 31 December 2014.

The Renewable Energy Industry Institute Münster (IWR) quotes Norbert Giese, vice chairman of the trade association wab, as saying he expected offshore wind capacity in the amount of 3 GW to be connected to the grid by the end of 2015. This corresponds with a similar forecast by BMWi State Secretary Uwe Beckmeyer made at the end of last year.

With up to 19.4 ct/kWh, new offshore wind power plants receive some of the highest remuneration under the amended Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG 2014). The offshore grid targets laid down in the EEG 2014 are 6.5 GW by 2020 and 10 GW by 2030 (cf. Section 3 no. 2 EEG 2014).

Source: Deutsche Windguard

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6 Responses to “German Offshore Capacity Exceeds 1 GW, Further 1.3 GW Completed But Not Yet Connected to Grid”


  • “With up to 19.4 ct/kWh, new offshore wind power plants receive some of the highest remuneration under the amended Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG 2014).”

    With 3 GW of offshore wind connected by the end of 2015, what is the impact on EEG payments in 2016? Around 2 billion euros increase?

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