German coalition to raise offshore wind goals

4C Offshore | Tom Russell
By: 25/11/2021 WAB
Three German political parties looking to form the next government in Germany in a coalition have unveiled a new agreement which includes plans to accelerate the phase out of coal and increase renewable energy generation, including offshore wind.  

The coalition, between Social Democrats (SPD), the environmentalist Greens and the business-focused Free Democrats (FDP), seeks to install 30GW of offshore wind by 2030 in German waters. This is to be followed by 40GW by 2035 and 70GW by 2045. The German government's target was previously 20 GW of offshore wind by 2030, supplemented by a goal of 5 GW of "green" hydrogen from renewables over the same period. The former goal for offshore wind deployment for 2040 was 40 GW of offshore wind.

The coalition also proposes to raise renewable energy generation in Germany to 80% by 2030.

Heike Winkler, Managing Director of WAB, a Bremerhaven-based offshore wind trade organisation stated: "The agreement on at least 30GW of offshore wind until 2030 in German waters, followed by 40GW until 2035 and 70GW until 2045 is an important signal for the offshore wind supply chain and for the feasibility of a 'green' hydrogen economy."

"To achieve this, it is important to launch additional tenders without delay."

The expansion of offshore wind power in Germany has recently been at a standstill. No new wind turbines will be installed in the German North and Baltic Seas this year.