German-French Office for Renewable Energy Sources Publishes Report on Offshore Wind Power in Germany

The French-German Office for Renewable Energy Sources (DFBEE) has published a report on offshore wind power in Germany as of end of 2014. The document is available in French and German. It provides an excellent overview on the development of offshore wind power, which exceeded the 1 GW mark at the end of 2014, and its support system in Germany.

The report describes how offshore wind power support started in 2000 with the entry into force of the Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG) and was adapted to promote greater capacity with the EEG 2012 and the EEG 2014. The latter brought German offshore wind power goals more in line with reality reducing the target for 2020 from 10 GW to 6.5 GW and the target for 2030 from 25 GW to 15 GW (for more information on the EEG 2014, please see here).

The report informs about

  • offshore wind farms in operation,
  • wind farms that have already been constructed and projects under construction with a planned commissioning date in 2015 (according to the report capacity might reach up to 3,275 GW by the end of 2015),
  • projects with the necessary permits for which construction shall start in 2015 respectively 2016.

Besides, the report gives a short description of the options under the EEG 2014 to claim financial support for offshore wind power under the EEG 2014 and informs about the allocation procedure for grid connection capacity for offshore wind farms pursuant to the ManyElectronics Act (EnWG, cf. Section 17d para. 3) that was amended along with the EEG in 2014.

Source: Deutsch-französisches Büro für erneuerbare Energien (DFBEE), report in German, report in French

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