BWE: German Wind Power Market Shows Steady Upward Trend in 2012 and First Half of 2013

Production in the German wind energy industry increased in 2012. There was also a steady upwards trend for new onshore capacity, as well as growth from a moderate level in the offshore sector in the first half of 2013, the German Wind Energy Association (BWE) and VDMA Power Systems informed.
Key data was reported as follows:

1. German Wind Industry Data for 2012

  • Production volume of the German wind power plant operators: EUR 6.34 billion (2011: EUR 5.96 billion)
  • Export rate: 67% (2011: 66%)
  • World market share: about 15%
  • Investment in wind power plants in Germany: EUR 2.7 billion (2011: EUR 2.2 billion)
  • Investment in onshore wind power plants in Germany: EUR 2.6 billion
  • Investment in offshore wind power plants in Germany: EUR 120 million

2. Data for the Domestic Market in the First Half of 2013

  • New onshore wind power capacity: 1,038 MW (1st half of 2012: 959 MW)
  • New offshore wind power capacity: 105 MW (1st half of 2012: 45 MW)
  • Total newly installed wind power capacity: 1.143 MW (1st half of 2012: 1004 MW)
  • Total wind power capacity per 30 June 2013: 32,422 MW (30 June 2012: 30,016 MW)

The data concerning onshore wind power growth confirmed the estimates for 2013 of new capacity in the range of 2,700 to 2.900 MW, BWE President Sylvia Pilarsky-Grosch said.

Growth in the offshore market was still slow BWE and VDMA said, but prospects improved. In the first half of 2013 only 21 offshore turbines with a capacity of 105 MW were connected to the German grid, and 1,045 MW in the whole of Europe. In the first half of 2013 155 foundations for wind power turbines were built, compared with 109 in the year 2012. Given an average 4 MW turbine per foundation this equaled new capacity of 1,000 MW. 38 turbines with a capacity of almost 200 MW were installed in the first half of 2013, but had not been connected to the grid. Some of them and others that would be installed in the second half of 2013 would be connected to the grid this year. In total BWE and VDMA expect additions of 200 MW in 2013 and over 1,000 MW in 2014 and 2015.

In view of the ongoing discussion about the rising costs for renewable energy and an amendment of the support scheme, the Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG), Thorsten Herdan, Executive Director of VDMA Power Systems, called on politicians to quickly provide clarification with regard to the legal framework after the federal election on 22 September 2013. A strong signal giving investors, especially in the offshore sector, planning certainty was needed, he said. He called 2013 a difficult year in which about 39,000 MW could be installed worldwide, but said he expected the market to pick up in 2014, with additions of 43,000 to 45,000 MW being likely.

For the currently applicable feed-in tariffs for renewable energy including onshore and offshore wind power please see here.

Compared with the total wind power capacity of 32,422 MW on 30 June 2013, PV capacity amounted to 34,186 MW on that date. According to data by the Federal Association of the Energy and Water Industry (BDEW) for 2012, renewable energy sources contributed 23% to the gross electricity consumption, with onshore wind power accounting for 33% of that share, offshore wind power accounting for 0.5% and photovoltaics providing 20%. At the same time, 53.4% of the costs for renewable energy charged to consumers with the EEG surcharge were attributable to PV, 16.4% to onshore wind power and 2% to offshore wind power.

Source: BWE

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