A plan to build significantly more offshore wind capacity in Germany looks set to go ahead, after agreement was reached by politicians
Network for Wind Energy (WAB) managing director Heike Winkler told Offshore Wind Journal that the parties in Germany’s coalition government have reached agreement on a new Wind Energy at Sea Act. “Now we need to wait for the amendment to the offshore wind energy law to be adopted,” she said.
The legislation means higher targets for offshore wind in Germany: 20 GW by 2030 and 40 GW by 2040. Agreement was also reached that tenders should allow for zero-subsidy bids in future.
Another important part of the deal is that the so-called ‘second bid component’ proposed by the government – which has been strongly opposed by industry – will be temporarily waived, with a decision to be taken on whether to adopt it or another procedure to be taken after further evaluation.
Ms Winkler said that, in the event that several zero-subsidy or ‘zero-cent’ bids are submitted, lots will be drawn to decide the winner, although WAB would rather that the tender criteria be designed in such a way that they could be used to differentiate between zero-subsidy bids.
WAB remains keen that the German Government should adopt a tender process based on contracts for difference, as used successfully in other countries.
Ms Winkler told OWJ that, once the revised agreement becomes law, it should be possible to build new offshore windfarms “as quickly as possible” but a tender announced in the 2018 coalition agreement but not yet launched that would provide industry with a short term boost “needs to be implemented as soon as possible” to address a damaging lull in construction activity offshore. “The domestic supply chain urgently needs this stimulus,” she said.
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