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Policy & Regulation

Germany’s onshore wind decline opens door for gas

The declining rate of expansion in German wind farms seen in H1 may signal opportunities for gas to expand its share of the energy mix The declining rate of expansion in German wind farms seen in H1 may signal opportunities for gas to expand its share of the energy mix.
By Christian Ernhede 4 September 2019 Europe & Russia / Policy & Regulation 0 34548
The Eschweiler wind farm in Germany. (Innogy)

The first half of 2019 saw a significant decline in the number of new wind farms installed in Germany. As existing wind farms are decommissioned and nuclear and coal capacity is taken offline, there is an opportunity for gas to make up the shortfall.

According to a report by the German wind industry association Bundesverband WindEnergie (BWE), only 86 new onshore wind farms were constructed in Germany in the first half of 2019, adding 287 MW in gross capacity. This represents a decline...