Germany opens public consultation on offshore wind development plan

Offshore wind. Source: Natural Environment Research Council (NERC).

July 1 (Renewables Now) - Germany’s Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency (BSH) is accepting comments on the draft of the area development plan that will serve as a basis for selecting areas for 60 GW of wind capacity in the North Sea and Baltic Sea by 2038.

The area development plan was published today on the website of the agency. It should come into force at the beginning of 2023, BSH said in a statement.

Authorities are invited to express their opinion on the draft until August 1, 2022, while the public can submit comments until September 1, 2022.

Germany aims to accelerate the deployment of offshore wind energy and in this draft, the BSH is starting to implement the expansion strategy of the federal government, the authority noted.

The country seeks to increase its offshore wind capacity to at least 30 GW by 2030 and then reach at least 40 GW by 2035. The long-term expansion target by 2045 is at least 70 GW.

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