Collapse in wind energy growth EU targets

The growth of onshore wind energy is collapsing in Germany, jeopardising both German and EU renewables targets.

Germany installed fresh capacity of only 134 MW of new onshore wind farms in the first quarter of 2019 and is likely to install a total of just 1-2 GW of onshore wind this year. This is well below what the country needs to meet its own 65 per cent renewable electricity target by 2030 and commitments to the EU’s 32 per cent renewable energy target.

WindEurope CEO Giles Dickson said: “Onshore wind energy in Germany is in deep trouble. The development of new wind farms has almost ground to a halt. The main problem is permitting - it’s got much slower, more complex and there aren’t enough civil servants to process the applications. It seriously undermines Germany’s ability to meet its 2030 renewables target and contribute to the EU target.”

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