The BDEW, the leading lobby group for the energy industry in Germany, says the country needs a lot more offshore wind and solar power if it is to meet its 2030 renewables target
The BDEW, the leading lobby group for the energy industry in Germany, says the country needs a lot more offshore wind and solar power if it is to meet its 2030 renewables target.
The BDEW believes that 215-237 GW of installed renewable energy capacity will be required to meet the 2030 target, compared with around 120 GW currently.
It is proposing that Germany’s current target for offshore wind capacity, 15 GW, should be increased to at least 17 GW, and that the government should scrap a capacity cap on support for solar PV.
Other groups backing renewables expansion have proposed that offshore wind capacity be increased to around 20 GW.
Germany’s Offshore Wind Foundation would like the target to be 20 GW by 2030 and 30 GW by 2035. WindEurope has warned that a lack of auctions and a disappointing perspective for future auction volumes means orderbooks are drying up in Germany and it is unclear when and how they will be filled.
The last German auction for offshore wind was in April 2018 and no more are scheduled until 2021. A tender for circa 1.5 GW of capacity seemed to have been agreed but did not happen.
BDEW board chairman Stefan Kapferer said restrictions on renewable energy technology is hindering expansion. He noted that if the target for offshore wind capacity could be increased to around 17 GW, less land would be required for onshore wind and solar PV.
Mr Kapferer said higher targets for offshore wind and solar PV make sense because they would allow more time for the debate about onshore wind in the country to be addressed. He said the government also needed to work intensively on the most economic funding regime for renewables.