October 14 (SeeNews) - There are plans to limit onshore wind capacity additions in northern Germany, with a new proposal envisaging an annual cap of 902 MW.
As part of the reform of the Renewable Energy Act (EEG), Germany has already set a limit of 2.8 GW through 2019 to annual wind installations across the country. Additional restrictions are planned for the north, because the grid has limited capacity to carry power to the south.
A draft proposal from earlier this week, seen by local media, presents a cap of 902 MW per year from 2017 for onshore wind in the north. More specifically, the move affects the states of Schleswig-Holstein, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Bremen and Hamburg, and the northern part of LowerSaxony.
Figures by Deutsche Windguard show that Schleswig-Holstein was the number one wind state in Germany for 2015 in terms of new deployment, with a 23.8% share of countrywide capacity additions. Schleswig-Holstein installed 888.35 MW gross, Lower Saxony added 413.3 MW gross and Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania built 193 MW last year.
As of June 30, 2016, Lower Saxony and Schleswig-Holstein had nearly 9 GW and 6.15 GW of wind capacity, while Germany as a whole had 43.54 GW, shows Deutsche Windguard's latest report.