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 2017) 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 is expected to raise the 2019-20 allocation for onshore wind installations from 5.7GW to 9.7GW, although an official announcement is yet to be made. 

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 but it has caused a significant slow down in project permitting. 

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.

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Reflections from WindEnergy Hamburg 2018

Reflections from WindEnergy Hamburg 2018

GERMANY: High-torque gearbox development, the mystery of the missing ministers, the death-knell sounds for pure-play OEMs, and the clout of the oil companies -- the Windpower Monthly team reflects on the news, product announcements and debates from the industry's biggest event.

Windtech: Wind-power generation with CO2 harvesting

Windtech: Wind-power generation with CO2 harvesting

GERMANY: A German consultancy promises to make wind power even greener. Eize de Vries talks to company founder Jörg Spitzner about Blancair, its innovative wind-turbine concept unveiled to an invited audience at WindEnergy Hamburg.

Hamburg gears up for wind power's main event

Hamburg gears up for wind power's main event

GERMANY: All eyes in the wind power business are turning towards Hamburg as preparation conclude for the 2018 exhibition and conference. We take a look at the topics up for discussion on each day, from auction design and repowering to digitalisation and hybrid projects.

Red moon, red planet

Red moon, red planet

GERMANY: A rare lunar eclipse at the end of July resulted in a so-called blood moon, and came with a close visit from Mars. Turbine manufacturer Nordex chose Hamburg's port to capture the moment

Enercon's EP3 vision takes shape

Enercon's EP3 vision takes shape

GERMANY: As the first prototype of Enercon's new EP3 platform starts operating in northern Germany, Eize de Vries visits the company's R&D centre in Aurich to learn more about its radically different design approach, and the firm's plans for its latest acquisition, Lagerwey.

Latest Germany News

Low wind levels hit Innogy

GERMANY: Innogy blamed "particularly low" wind levels in the UK and Germany as its nine-month renewables earnings fell year on year.

Senvion makes net loss in 'challenging' environment

GERMANY: Senvion's revenue and earnings fell in the third quarter and the first nine months of the year, as it faced "challenging industry developments", acting CEO Manav Sharma said.

Nordex earnings still below 2017 levels

GERMANY: Despite making gains in Q3, Nordex's nine-month earnings and revenue for 2018 continue to be below 2017 levels, while its order book grew.

Germany's renewables act revision flatters to deceive

GERMANY: The latest revision of the renewable energy act, expected to take effect in early 2019, will add new auctions to next year's onshore wind calendar, but it is not as good as it looks.

Low wind yields hit EnBW earnings

GERMANY: Low offshore wind and hydropower yields reduced utility-developer EnBW's earnings from renewables in the first nine months of the year, it stated.

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