Windpower Monthly rating 3/5
Our rating is based on a combination of project pipeline, political and policy support, investor confidence and structural readiness of the country in terms of grid infrastructure, permitting process and local supply chain.
Forecast of installed and operating wind power capacity based on the latest statisitics and measured against the Windpower Intelligence database.
Onshore wind plays the dominant role in terms of generation of electricity from renewable sources in Germany. Over the years, however, political support for renewables diminished to a certain degree.
The current German Renewable Energy Act (EEG 2014) introduced the shift from feed-in tariffs to an auction model for onshore wind installations. There have been some teething problems with the auction system, which initially favoured small citizens projects despite lacking planning permits.
New coalition government plans to raise the 2019-20 allocation for onshore wind installations from 5.7GW to 9.7GW. Germany remains a sought-after market for onshore wind installations, with a steadily growing offshore sector.
The rate of new installations is strong, despite the shift from feed-in tariffs to an auction model for onshore wind installations prompting price reductions and lower margins for investors. Initial problems with the auction system are being addressed.
Overall, Germany has a good and well developed grid infrastructure. Still, improvements in particular in the transmission grid infrastructure are necessary — particularly to clear the north-south bottleneck in central Germany — and respective legislation to facilitate an accelerated upgrading has been passed.
The lack of grid capacity in some areas may occasionally impair the continuous off-taking of the electricity generated. Overall, there are no serious limitations in obtaining grid connection for onshore greenfield projects.
GERMANY: The discovery of protected species on a potential or operating site is enough to make the hearts of developers and operators sink, but thanks to better understanding and monitoring of wildlife behaviour, there are measures to help wind projects and nature co-exist.
UK/GERMANY: In a complete policy reversal, the UK government has announced it will consider direct investment in a proposed new nuclear power station, Wylfa in North Wales.
The timing of Jürgen Geissinger's decision to leave the top job at Senvion after just two and a half years in the role raises several questions, most pressingly "why now?"
GERMANY: The Fraunhofer Institute in Germany has released a comprehensive report comparing the generation costs for PV and wind with those of the fossil-fuel generation technologies.
GERMANY: As Siemens Gamesa ships the first 7MW SWT-7.0-154 D7 nacelles from its new Cuxhaven assembly plant, Eize de Vries goes on an exclusive tour of the facilities on the North Sea coast currently in ramp-up phase.
GERMANY: Close to the full 670MW allocation was awarded in the latest onshore wind tender as prices increased again.
GERMANY: This year's fourth and final onshore wind tender will take place on 1 October, the federal network agency has announced.
GERMANY: Economics minister Peter Altmaier has presented measures for expanding the grid to better integrate renewable energy sources.
GERMANY: Turbine manufacturer Senvion is relying on a busy second half of the year for installations after revenues for the first six months dipped 43.9% year on year.
GERMANY: Nordex's revenue and earnings were down, but its order book swelled in the first half of the year.