News Digest Item
10 Jul 2018

Wind power industry says repowering of old turbines needed for Germany to reach renewables goal

German Wind Energy Association (BWE)

Old wind turbines in Germany must be refurbished and modernised to ensure that the country meets its 2030 goal of increasing the share of renewables to 65 percent of power consumption, the German Wind Energy Association (BWE) says in a press release. The lobby group warns that 16 gigawatts (GW) of wind power capacity in Germany could be lost between 2021 and 2025 as the turbines will exceed their guaranteed 20-year operational life, and may not be operated at a profit any longer. “Based on current revenues, running costs allow us to continue operation only until the first major damage occurs,” BWE head Hermann Albers says.

Find the press release in German here.

For background, see the CLEW dossiers Onshore wind power in Germany and Offshore wind power in Germany.

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