After recent disappointments, the government in Germany has given new hope to the offshore wind industry in the country with talk of a 20 GW target by 2030.
The Federal Association of Windfarm Operators Offshore, formerly AGOW, now known as the BWO said the CDU/CSU and SPD parties had highlighted the 20 GW by 2030 target in the text of new legislation, the Energy Saving Act.
The BWO said the text of the legislation said parliamentary groups in the CDU/CSU and SPD will ask the Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency to assist with planning scenarios to support the development of 15 to 20 GW of offshore wind energy and submit those plans “promptly.”
The expansion of the target to 20 GW has long been a core requirement of the BWO, the offshore wind industry and north German federal states.
The BWO said the 15 GW target dates from a time when offshore wind energy was far more expensive than it now is.
“The BWO expressly welcomes the fact that the governing parties are opening the door to expansion of offshore wind energy,” it said, but said it wanted to see “clear political will” from the Federal Government and legislation that would support a higher target.
In November 2018, the German Government unexpectedly stepped back from a recently announced commitment to hold another special auction for offshore wind energy.
Earlier, the coalition government signalled that it would agree to hold an extra auction for offshore wind and could launch a special tender by the end of October. That did not happen, despite parties in Germany’s coalition government agreeing to launch special tenders for offshore wind, onshore and solar power. A commitment to more onshore wind and solar was pushed through.