May 20 (SeeNews) - Renewable energy institute IWR expects wind farms in Germany to produce around 100 TWh in 2016 and surpass for the first time nuclear power plant (NPP) output.
In 2015 NPPs produced 91.8 TWh, while IWR expects their output to fall below 90 TWh this year. Wind power generation, in contrast, is seen to rise from the 88 TWh. The country’s wind turbine fleet keeps expanding, with onshore installation levels far above the government-set target, while nuclear capacity is declining with the shutdown of more reactors.
IWR said offshore wind parks are expected to top 10 TWh annual generation for the first time this year. Germany connected nearly 2.3 GW of turbines at sea last year and they will reach full capacity in 2016, contributing to the expected rise in wind generation.
The EU installed 12.8 GW of wind power during 2015 and Germany accounted for nearly half of all new capacity, the European Wind Energy Association, now known as WindEurope, said in February.