“Number of wind turbines to rise to 30,220 in Germany”
Onshore wind power in Germany will be expanded beyond the industry’s expectations and federal government plans in the coming years, writes Daniel Wetzel in Die Welt, based on data provided by the Federal Network Agency (BNetzA). Investors who had registered plans for new turbines until the end of 2016 would still receive set feed-in tariffs if their turbines are connected to the grid by the end of 2018. With the reform of the Renewable Energy Act (EEG), feed-in tariffs are replaced with a competitive auction system. This had led to a high number of new registrations before the deadline, writes Wetzel. If all these projects were to be realised, about 2,950 new turbines with a total generation capacity of 8,840 megawatts would be added to the current 27,270 turbines (about 46,000 megawatt capacity) by the end of 2018, writes Wetzel.
In a recent press conference, German onshore wind industry representatives said that the new EEG could lead to a drop in the German market in 2019.
For background read the CLEW dossier The reform of the Renewable Energy Act.