Germany - Offshore wind goals ramping up

The German cabinet has approved the amendment to the Wind Energy At Sea Act presented by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs And Energy (BMWi). The core of the bill is a significant increase in the expansion target to 20 GW by 2030. In addition, a 40 GW target expansion goal has been set for 2040.

The BWMi stated that the implementation of these ambitious goals requires coordination and good integration of different processes. Therefore, the Wind-at-Sea Law creates the conditions for, among other things, streamlining and accelerating administrative procedures and achieving the expansion goals. To implement the 20 GW by 2030, the federal government, states and network operators had agreed important steps in the offshore agreement. With the cabinet decision of the Wind Energy at Sea Act, the Federal Government is already implementing a central task in its area of ​​responsibility.

Federal Minister of Economics Altmaier said: “The draft wind energy law at sea presented today is a milestone for offshore wind energy in Germany. With 20 gigawatts in 2030, offshore wind energy will make a significant contribution to ensuring that by 2030 we will have a 65 percent share of renewable energy in gross electricity consumption. For the first time, we have also set a target for 2040 that enables all stakeholders to plan for the long term and offers offshore wind energy a reliable framework. This offers great economic opportunities and secures added value and employment in the coastal countries and inland."

For the successful development of concepts for other energy generation, for example for the production of green hydrogen, the granting of rights to use the areas for other energy generation will in future also be regulated by the Wind Energy Offshore Act.

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