Photo: wind park in Lower Saxony,
Schleswig Holstein, Mecklenburg Western Pomerania and northern Lower Saxony.
Wirtschaftswoche writes that the planned scale-back will profoundly hit the three northern states because they will receive support for only 902 megawatts of power capacity each year– far below the 1300 MW installed just in Schleswig-Holstein in 2014.
This limitation will be a major blow to the German wind industry, which is already reeling from uncertainty in the branch.
The measure is part of this year’s reforms to the German EEG renewable energy feed in act and will be enacted without needing Parliamentary approval, Weltwoche writes. According to the draft measure:
Power grid expansion is not keeping pace with the growth in renewable energies.”
In northern Germany wind parks are often shut down because there still does not exist enough grid power transmission capacity to deliver the power to the industrial markets to the south where demand is big.
The measure is expected to go into effect on March 1, 2017 and stay in effect until the end of 2020 – a period of four years.
The Weltwoche writes that the German greens and renewable energy lobbyists are angered by the upcoming move, claiming that the German government is putting climate protection in doubt and that it should focus on preventing coal and nuclear power from clogging up the power grid.
While Germany expresses bold intentions to make a rapid transition to renewable energies, it is in fact scaling them back.