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Germany adds 2.4GW of wind in 2012

GERMANY: Germany's wind fleet was expanded by 1,008 wind turbines with a total capacity of 2,439MW installed in 2012, 20% more capacity than the 2,008MW from 895 turbines added in 2011.

The lion's share was onshore, according to the data reported today by German wind energy association BWE and  engineering federation VDMA's power systems division.

Of the new additions, 16 turbines with a total 80MW were installed offshore in the Germany, expanding the offshore fleet to 280MW.

Transmission

Meanwhile, Germany's wind expansion has prompted transmission system operator Tennet to invite private individuals to co-invest in a new high-voltage transmission line planned to run down the west coast of the state of Schleswig-Holstein to take up wind-generated electricity.

Allowing private individuals an investment of €1,000 per share up to €40 million, or a maximum 15% of the investment budget, is expected to substantially improve public acceptance for the new overhead line and allow it to be built within one year.

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