Germany’s Wind Energy Agency has called on the government to expedite a long-promised tender for 2 GW of offshore wind capacity by the end of 2020.
The Wind Energy Agency (WAB) wants the German government to finally authorise a ‘special tender’ for up to 2 GW of offshore wind that was agreed in a coalition agreement many months ago.
It wants the tender to be issued by the end of the year as part of a hoped for expansion of Germany’s target for offshore wind capacity to 35 GW by 2035. An agreement was struck recently to increase the country’s target for offshore wind to 20 GW by 2030. Wind energy bodies in Germany have been calling for the special tender for many months.
The 2 GW tender is one of a number of action points sought by WAB that also include action on onshore wind and green hydrogen, all of which, it says “can unleash enormous employment potential” in addition to providing green power.
The action points are in an open letter to German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Federal Minister of Economics Peter Altmaier that called for an ambitious expansion of onshore and offshore wind and the production of green hydrogen from renewables ’in the spirit of the European Green Deal.’
WAB managing director Heike Winkler said, “We welcome the fact that the Federal Government is again showing itself capable of acting in the spirit of the energy transition,” but she went on to say that much more than ‘slight adjustments’ to offshore wind targets were needed.
WAB is seeking what it described as “further concrete steps” which it has codified in the list of action points that it says are essential for a climate-friendly economic stimulus package.
“Long-term framework conditions are urgently needed for onshore and offshore wind and green hydrogen,” said Ms Winkler.