Schleswig-Holstein nears limit of its wind target

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Schleswig-Holstein, Germany's northernmost state, expects to reach the upper limit of its wind target for 2010, 1200 MW-1400 MW, by about 2002. By that time around 25% of the electricity needs of its citizens will be met by wind. "In 1999, we will add 70 to 80 MW to reach nearly 900 MW," says Wolfgang Röttgers of the Schleswig-Holstein finances and energy ministry. The wind target is not set in concrete, however. It depends on how much wind the Schleswag utility and its parent, Preussenelektra, can take onto the grid. This limit is influenced by regional planning and about 70 MW of the 1400 MW may be earmarked for other renewables, he acknowledges. The wind target and the grid capacity limit are not fixed, but just a guide, he adds. He warns that the northern German utilities, who bear the brunt of paying for wind generated power in the country, have no special interest in the growth of wind power. He does not expect this attitude to change even if the federal government decides to drop its Renewable Energy Feed-In Tariff legislation and replace it with a nationwide grid levy to raise money to pay for renewables power.

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