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Germany raises offshore wind target to 20 GW by 2030 [free access]

May 13, 2020

The German Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi), the energy regulator Bundesnetzagentur (BNetzA), the Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency (BSH), the Ministries of Energy of the coastal states, and three power transmission system operators (TSOs)—50Hertz, Amprion and TenneT, have signed a joint offshore agreement to expand the country’s offshore wind capacity target from 15 GW to 20 GW by 2030.


The agreement sets specific targets and provides a streamlined timetable for all stakeholders involved in the planning and approval process. It also envisages the detailed timelines for making grid connections to the new wind farms. 


In its network development plan 2019 BNetzA has already confirmed the grid connection lines required to link the new offshore wind farms. As part of the agreement, the BSH will continue to update the area development plan by end-2020 in order to label the locations for 20 GW of offshore wind. Additionally, the coastal states have been directed to complete the approval process, while the three TSOs are expected to timely commission the offshore grid connections to meet the 2030 targets. 


The offshore agreement was signed as a requirement from the government’s 2030 climate package agreed to in October 2019, aimed at augmenting the offshore capacity addition goals. 


As of end-2019, 7.5 GW of offshore wind power was fed into the German grid.