Offshore wind connected to German grid exceeds 1 GW

Stable policy and technology commitment secure jobs and exports for Germany and pave way for Germany's "energy transition" in 2015.

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As reported by  the German Engineering Association (VDMA, Frankfurt/Main, Germany), 258 offshore wind turbines in the German North and Baltic Seas fed into the country's power grid at the end of 2014, with a total capacity of 1,049.2 MW.

According to a survey by Deutsche WindGuard, 142 offshore wind turbines providing a capacity of 529 MW were newly connected to the grid in 2014, representing more than a doubling of the capacity increase during the previous year. In addition to the grid-connected offshore wind turbines, the construction of another 268 turbines with a capacity of 1,218 MW was completed in 2014, but were not yet grid-connected by year's end. A further 220 foundations have been already put in position.

“Out at sea we have now officially broken through the gigawatt barrier for installed capacity," says Norbert Giese, chairman of the VDMA steering committee for the offshore wind industry and board member of the German Offshore Wind Energy Foundation. He observes that  technological improvements and stable policy will continue to propel the offshore wind market in Germany. "In 2015 we are expecting up to 2 GW of offshore wind capacity to be newly connected to the grid. By the end of 2015, we will see a total of some 3 GW installed capacity online, which corresponds to an investment of 10 billion euros in the domestic market of the German offshore wind industry."

“The figures we have presented show that, despite all the past challenges, we have achieved a stable growth of offshore wind capacity," comments Hermann Albers, president of the German Wind Energy Association BWE. "The offshore technology, which has great potential for realizing the energy transition and ensuring security of supply in Germany, is on the edge of a decisive breakthrough. More than ever, a reliable legal framework is decisive for the future development. Only when investment security is ensured, will it be possible to fully exploit the cost reduction potential, maintain Germany’s leading technological position, and harness export success on a growing global market." Albers said BWE is convinced that 2015 will be the year of the Energiewende, the energy transition. "The sector and the whole industry, as well as the federal states are ready to go."