Germany raises offshore wind ambitions

In: Windfarms
The German federal government, coastal states and transmission system operators have signed a joint agreement to expand offshore wind development in the North and Baltic Seas. This offshore agreement lays the foundation for raising the country's target of offshore wind from 15 GW to 20 GW by 2030.

The offshore agreement was concluded between the Federal Ministry of Economics, the President of the Federal Network Agency and the President of the Federal Office for Shipping and Hydrography, together with the Energy Minister and the Energy Ministers of the coastal countries, as well as the managing directors of the transmission system operators involved (50Hertz, Amprion and TenneT).

Germany's Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency (BSH) will continue to update the area development plan by the end of the year and identify the areas required for 20 GW of wind energy at sea. The BNetzA had already confirmed the connection lines required for the connection of these new wind farms in the 2019 network development plan. The coastal states will complete the approval process in a timely manner and the transmission system operators will put the offshore connection lines into operation in good time so that the electricity from the future wind farms can be transported away without idling.

This offshore agreement also implements a requirement from the 2030 climate protection program of October 2019 to conclude a binding agreement with the affected coastal communities and the transmission system operators as a prerequisite for raising the offshore target to 20 GW. In the future, time targets will be checked regularly as part of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy's network expansion controls. In this way, delays are identified at an early stage, so that measures can be initiated more quickly, following the example of the already successfully implemented controlling of the network expansion projects of the federal and state governments last year.

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