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. Jobs are being lost as a result.
WindEurope chief executive Giles Dickson said thousands of jobs in the offshore wind supply chain have been lost in the last three years alone, but Germany has an opportunity to put offshore wind back on track in its National Energy & Climate Plan for 2030.
The plan currently envisages only 15 GW of installations by 2030, although Germany could comfortably deliver 20 GW and a higher volume by 2035.
As things stand, Germany is being less ambitious in relative terms than the UK, Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark and Poland.
Politicians have strongly criticised the German federal government for its lack of ambition and the damage this is doing to jobs and growth in the region.
Transmission system operator TSO Amprion has questioned whether Germany will have sufficient power generation capacity if it does not accelerate the build-out of offshore wind at a time when nuclear and coal plants are being closed.
Mr Dickson said the wind industry will treat the National Energy Plans as investment brochures and invest in countries that have the most ambitious plans.
The debate about Germany’s offshore wind target is taking place amid significant wider developments on the government’s approach to onshore wind, permitting and a public acceptance working group the government has created.
The government is unlikely to agree on any changes to the offshore target until the onshore volumes and acceptance rules are settled, which may not be until next year.