The Veja Mate offshore wind park in the German waters of the North Sea. Image by Veja Mate Offshore Project GmbH.
The German government is planning to exceed its 2035 offshore wind energy target of 40 GW and have an installed capacity of 50 GW by then.
To reach this goal, Berlin will tender 4 GW of wind energy capacity at sea annually from 2027 on.
The ambitious plan was unveiled in an offshore wind agreement signed by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK), the coastal states of Hamburg, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Lower Saxony and Schleswig-Holstein as well as Bremen, North Rhine-Westphalia and transmission system operators TenneT, 50Hertz and Amprion.
The new deal updates an initial agreement from 2020 to reflect the higher expansion targets agreed earlier this year. Under the plan, Germany aims to reach 30 GW of offshore wind by the end of this decade and further raise it to 70 GW by 2045.
The agreement is a strong joint commitment to the 30-GW target by 2030, said economy minister Robert Habeck. It contains steps for designating areas at sea, for environmentally friendly development, for concrete timetables and milestones, as well as a plan for the necessary coordination and the resources needed to speed up the approval processes.
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