German tender undersubscribed again

Prices continued to inch up and the total capacity of successful projects continued to fall in Germany's latest, undersubscribed wind tender.

Successful bid prices had a weighted average of €62/MWh (pic credit: STEAG)
Successful bid prices had a weighted average of €62/MWh (pic credit: STEAG)

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The country’s federal energy regulator, the Bundesnetzagentur (BNA), awarded contracts for 32 wind farms with a combined capacity of 208MW — just 32% of the 650MW advertised.

Successful bid prices ranged between €61.90/MWh and €62/MWh, and had a weighted average of €62/MWh.

This capacity was below the 270MW awarded in Germany’s last auction in May, but the average bid price was up from €61.30/MWh.

Brandenburg and North Rhine-Westphalia (eight each) had the most successful bids, followed by Lower Saxony (five), Thuringia (four), Saarland and Schleswig-Holstein (three each) and Hesse (one).

The BNA did not comment on the reasons for the auction being undersubscribed, but previously blamed difficulties in permitting at state-level for developer’s apparent lack of interest.

Last month, WindEurope figures showed 278MW of onshore capacity had been added in Germany in the first six months of the year — the country’s lowest first-half additions since 2000.

The industry body’s chief policy officer Pierre Tardieu blamed this on permitting challenges, with 11GW of projects currently backlogged, and so-called ‘community projects’ awarded at auction not being built’.

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