New German government unveils renewables expansion plan


Germany – Robert Habeck, Germany’s new Green Economy and Climate Minister, unveiled his energy and climate plans through 2022.

According to current projections, new onshore wind installations could generate up to 10 GW of electricity annually by the end of this decade. Onshore wind auction volumes should be increased, permitting procedures should be streamlined, and a new equilibrium between onshore wind and species protections should be found as part of Germany’s year-end goals.

While Germany used to be one of the world’s top wind energy producers, that has shifted in recent years. New Minister of Economics and Climate Robert Habeck’s appointment means that Germany’s energy transition will be accelerated yet again. According to Habeck, onshore wind will continue to be an important part of Germany’s electricity mix and a key to further reductions in greenhouse gas emissions.

Parliament will give the green light to wind energy projects currently blocked by civil and military aviation before the summer recess. The installation of radar for civil aviation and military purposes is currently a stumbling block in getting a wind project approved. There could be an additional 5-6 GW of wind capacity released by removing radars and military installations according to Habeck.

Germany intends to significantly increase the development of onshore wind energy with the revision of the Renewable Energy Act (EEG). A total of 10 GW of new onshore wind will be installed in Germany each year between now and the end of the 2020s.

Germany is working on a “Onshore Wind Law” as well. This plan would allocate 2 percent of Germany’s landmass to onshore wind energy development. With enough land in Germany to meet the country’s renewable energy goals, the German Wind Energy Association has repeatedly stated (BWE).

In Germany, every major organization praised Habeck’s plans.