Additional auctions for wind and solar power come too late for Germany – opinion
Germany’s additional auctions for wind and solar power have been planned too late to have a meaningful impact on the country’s climate action record or on the smooth expansion of renewable capacity in the country, Daniel Wetzel writes in an opinion piece for Welt Online. “Of course, the roughly 1,380 additional turbines are nevertheless going to be built,” he says. The government wanted to make good on a mistake in the design of auction rules that risked causing a sudden plunge in wind power expansion by issuing additional auctions of 2,000 megawatt (MW) in 2019 and 2020, but this “compensation” could only have worked had it taken effect before this year’s summer break because planning and construction takes too long to bear results soon, Wetzel says.
Read the article in German here.
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