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4,600 of 6,500 MW Offshore Grid Connection Capacity Completed – Offshore Surcharge on Steady Level, Costs EUR 162.7 million

The offshore transmission system operators 50Hertz and TenneT have completed offshore grid connections with a capacity of over 4,600 MW in the North Sea and the Baltic Sea. That brings the offshore grid expansion closer to the EEG expansion target of 6,500 MW for offshore wind by 2020. The four TSO have published the new offshore surcharge for 2016 to reallocate expected costs of EUR 162.7 million.

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New Offshore Capacity Almost 1.8 GW in First Half of 2015 – Half of Offshore Target for 2020 Reachable by End of Year

By 30 June 2015 a total of 668 offshore turbines with an overall capacity of 2.777,8 MW were feeding power into the German grids. 422 of the turbines, with a combined capacity of 1.765,3 MW came online in the first half of 2015 alone, the foundation Stiftung Offshore Windenergie reported. According to the association, the industry expects offshore capacity of 3.3 GW to the connected to the grid by the end of year, i.e. a little more than half the national offshore target of 6.5 GW for 2020.

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BSH Publishes Update of Federal Offshore Plan for German EEZ in the North Sea

The Federal Agency for Maritime Shipping and Hydrography (BSH) has published an update of the Federal Offshore Plan (Bundesfachplan Offshore) for the German Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) of the North Sea (BFO-N). The update contains minor changes concerning power line routes and locations of installations. Besides it reduces the required depth of cover for power cables including in traffic separation areas (Verkehrstrennungsgebieten) in the EEZ from 3 metres to 1.5 metres, BSH said.

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Amendment of Regulation on Markings of Aviation Obstacles Including Wind Turbines

The Federal Government has submitted an amendment of the Administrative Regulation Concerning Markings of Aviation Obstacles (AVV), which will affect wind turbines.

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Commission Finds EEG Support for 20 German Offshore Wind Farms in Line with State Aid Guidelines

The European Commission has found German plans to support the construction of 20 offshore wind farms under the Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG) in line with EU state aid rules. The Commission concluded that the project would further EU energy and environmental objectives without unduly distorting competition in the Single Market.

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German-French Office for Renewable Energy Sources Publishes Report on Offshore Wind Power in Germany

The French-German Office for Renewable Energy Sources (DFBEE) has published a report on offshore wind power in Germany as of end of 2014. The document is available in French and German. It provides an excellent overview on the development of offshore wind power, which exceeded the 1 GW mark at the end of 2014, and its support system in Germany.

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BDEW: More Than 10 Billion kWh of Wind Power Produced in January 2015

With more than 10 billion kWh of wind power produced (including 0.2 billion from offshore wind) January 2015 saw a new record, beating the previous record of 9.6 billion kWh set in December 2014, the Federal Association of the Energy and Water Industry (BDEW) informed. This confirms earlier information by the Renewable Energy Industry Institute Münster (IWR). Wind power production in January already equalled roughly a fifth of the total wind power output in 2014, BDEW said.

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German Offshore Capacity Exceeds 1 GW, Further 1.3 GW Completed But Not Yet Connected to Grid

German offshore wind power capacity exceeded the 1 GW mark at the end of 2014, when 258 plants with a total capacity of 1,049 MW were feeding into the grids, Deutsche Windguard established on behalf of various wind power associations and the German Engineering Federation (VDMA). A further 1,300 MW are installed, but not yet fully connected to the grid.

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Information on Direct Marketing of Renewable Power in 2014 by TSOs – Highest Degree for Wind Power

An overview on direct marketing of renewable power by the operators in 2014 published by the four German transmission system operators (TSOs) shows that onshore wind power output has been mostly sold directly by operators and offshore wind power to a large extent by December 2014. Under the Renewable Energy Sources Act 2012 (EEG 2012) and the EEG 2014 that became effective as of 1 August 2014, operators can claim a market premium in addition to the sales revenue obtained (cf. Section 34 EEG 2014).

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BMWI State Secretary Beckmeyer: Offshore Wind Benefits from Economies of Scale as Sector Grows – Next Steps Important

With an installed offshore capacity of more than 3,000 MW by 2015 the sector was reaching a phase at which economies of scale would lead to a significant decline of costs, State Secretary Uwe Beckmeyer (BMWi) said at the OffWEA Offshore Conference organized on behalf of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) in Berlin.

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