Offshore Wind Energy Act (Amendment) - Increase of Expansion Target

Source: International Energy Agency
Last updated: 15 September 2021

Amendment of the Offshore Wind Energy Act: The core of the amended law is to significantly increase the expansion target for offshore wind energy to 20 gigawatts by 2030. The amended law provides for an ambitious long-term expansion target of 40 gigawatts by 2040. Offshore wind energy will make a major contribution to the total share of renewable energies in Germany. Renewable energies are planned to account for 65 % of total electricity consumption in 2030.


Germany's power network agency stated in September 2021 that it had awarded licences to build 958 megawatts (MW) of offshore wind capacity at zero subsidy for commissioning in 2026 in the country's North Sea and Baltic Sea territories.

The winners of the three contracts were RWE Renewables Offshore Development Two with 225 MW, RWE Renewables Offshore Development One with 300 MW, and EDF Offshore Nordsee 3.8 with 433 MW, all at zero subsidy, the authority, called Bundesnetzagentur, said in a statement.



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