Germany’s offshore wind industry is setting new records. The country has already added 626 MW of offshore wind capacity in the first six months of 2017 and the figure is expected to reach 900 MW by year end. At the current rate of expansion, Germany could be on track to blow past government targets of 6,500 MW for 2020.
The industry groups said that the offshore wind industry is moving away from the era of costly subsidies to becoming more commercially viable and bringing costs down for consumers.
“This paradigm shift offers the next government chances to lift expansion targets to at least 20 gigawatts (20,000 MW) up to 2030 and at least 30 GW to 2035, utilizing the economic and industrial political potential of offshore wind,” the industry groups said.