BSH seeks views on Germany's draft offshore development plan

4C Offshore | Tom Russell
By: 01/07/2022 BSH
The Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency of Germany (BSH) has published the draft of the area development plan and the environmental reports for the North Sea and Baltic Sea. It is now seeking feedback with the development plan expected to come into force at the beginning of 2023.

The area development plan serves as a basis for the future tenders for offshore wind energy and the associated grid connections. It follows revised targets in the WindSeeG Act which include targets 30 GW by 2030, at least 40 GW by 2035 and at least 70 GW by 2045. The draft of the area development plan submitted by the BSH includes area with a planned output totalling approximately 60 GW planned until 2038.

“We want to advance the expansion of offshore wind energy quickly and systematically. In this draft of the area development plan, the BSH is therefore starting to implement the new expansion goals. This forward-looking action is important for the successful implementation of the energy transition. It creates trust and planning security,"
said Nico Nolte, Head of the Department of Order of the Sea at the BSH.

Authorities can comment on the documents until August 1, 2022. The public can do so until September 1, 2022. An online meeting for discussing the statements is also planned for September 15, 2022.

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