Germany sets out plans for 2.92 GW of 2017 offshore wind tenders
Adwen turbines off Germany. Copyright: Adwen GmbH / J. Oelker.
Germany will hold two tenders for offshore wind capacity in 2017 for a total of 2.92 GW, according to draft plans released Friday by the country's economics and energy ministry (BMWi).
This represents an increase from around 2.4 GW of capacity envisaged in earlier plans.
Each of the tenders, with dates March 1 and December 1 next year, will seek a capacity of 1.46 GW. Only projects that have been licensed or are in advanced stage of development will be able to take part in the auctions. They will be slated for installation between 2020 and 2024.
The draft offshore wind legislation is part of the proposed Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG) 2016.
According to it, Germany will exceed its target of 6.5 GW offshore wind by 2020 and will reach 7.7 GW by that date. As the 2030 offshore wind goal is kept at 15 GW, this leaves room for annual additions of 730 MW over the 10 years from 2021 to 2030, down from 800 MW envisioned previously.