MIL OSI Translation. Region: Germany / Deutschland –
Source: Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy
05/11/2020 – Press release – Renewable Energies
The Bundestag has today in the 2./3. Reading of the amendment to the Wind Energy Offshore Act and the Investment Acceleration Act. The wind energy offshore law, which the Federal Ministry of Economics (BMWi) had presented, stipulates the target increase for the expansion of offshore wind energy: 20 gigawatts (GW) are to be built by 2030, and 40 GW by 2040. In the Federal Ministry of Transport’s Investment Acceleration Act, the BMWi has introduced important points in the energy sector that primarily accelerate the planning and construction of wind turbines on land. Federal Economics Minister Peter Altmaier: “With the increase in the target for offshore wind turbines, it is clear that Germany is a leading market for Offshore wind energy will remain. With clear long-term goals, we provide planning and investment security. And with the Investment Acceleration Act, we are taking an important step towards implementing our Wind Action Plan. The new regulations will further accelerate the expansion of onshore wind energy. The Investment Acceleration Act thus contains important structural improvements for accelerating the planning of important infrastructure projects. ”The offshore wind energy law creates the prerequisites for implementing the ambitious expansion targets by 2040 and promotes the expansion of offshore wind energy. A corresponding increase in the number of staff in all affected authorities is also planned. The Federal Government is thus fulfilling key commitments in the offshore agreement that Altmaier signed on May 5, 2020 together with the energy ministers of the coastal states and the managing directors of the transmission system operators. The law also implements the decision of the Federal Constitutional Court of June 20, 2020 and creates a regulation that enables certain projects to apply for the cost of investigations to be covered. The measures make it easier to implement infrastructure projects and thus help to secure Germany as a business and investment location in the long term. Among other things, the suspensive effect of objections and actions for rescission against the approval of onshore wind turbines with a total height of more than 50 meters are to be eliminated, thus speeding up the approval process. The law is thus also a further step towards the implementation of the Wind Action Plan, which the BMWi presented in autumn 2019. It aims to accelerate the expansion of wind energy on land.
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