Germany Agrees Massive Offshore Wind Energy Expansion

November 2022

On November 3, the federal German government reached an accord with the country’s six northernmost regional states and grid operators 50Hertz, Amprion and TenneT to dramatically increase the country’s wind energy output.

The deal mandates at least 30 gigawatts of offshore wind-generated electricity by 2030, 40 gigawatts by 2035 and 70 gigawatts by 2045. That represents a 50 percent increase on the previous target of 20 gigawatts by 2030 and a 75 percent rise on the previous goal of 40 gigawatts by 2040.

“The offshore agreement is a significant milestone for more generating more energy with wind at sea,” said German Minister for Economic Affairs and Climate Action Robert Habeck in a statement. “With the agreement, we have established a clear process for reaching 30 gigawatts. Above all what’s important are the intermediate goals agreed and the timetables for the connections.”

The regional states involved are Bremen, Hamburg, North Rhine-Westphalia, Lower Saxony, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and Schleswig-Holstein.

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