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Source: CDU CSU


Legislative reform resolved: expansion of offshore wind energy is accelerated

The expansion of wind energy in the North and Baltic Seas is entering a new phase. With the law amending the offshore wind energy law, the Bundestag creates the conditions for an accelerated expansion of renewable energies.

For the CDU / CSU parliamentary group in the Bundestag, an important goal has been fulfilled: “With the expansion of offshore energy, we are sending an important industrial policy signal and showing that we are bringing business and climate together,” emphasized Elisabeth Winkelmeier-Becker, Parliamentary State Secretary in the Federal Ministry of Economics. In the future, test procedures would be optimized and various administrative procedures simplified.

The law came into force in 2017 and, according to Winkelmeier-Becker, will be even better with the change that was passed by a majority in the Bundestag on Thursday: “With the central procedure, we offer more planning security for all actors and accelerate the processes.” The better Coordination is necessary in order to achieve the ambitious goals in the interests of climate protection: by 2030, electricity production at sea is to be expanded from 7 to 20 gigawatts. A long-term goal is also being defined for the first time: 40 gigawatts are to be produced by the offshore plants by 2040. An ambitious but definitely realistic goal.

The CSU MP Andreas Lenz argued similarly in the plenary debate: Germany must have an interest in being at the forefront of this global growth market. German industry is already involved in large-scale plants, for example in the Netherlands. Now it is important to push ahead with similar projects off the coast. With the changes in the law, the Bundestag is now pressing ahead with these projects. According to current estimates, it is possible to increase the proportion of electricity generated from offshore plants to 30 percent of total German consumption. Lenz said: “With this law we create reliability and offer the companies involved a good working basis.”


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