Offshore wind power gets boost from German bill

Germany has introduced a new bill which reinforces the drive to generate offshore wind power, by charging consumers and grid operators for any more serious delays in connecting wind farms to the grid.

The new bill has the backing of Chancellor Angela Merkel's Cabinet of Ministers and is seen as vital to overcoming the chronic delays plaguing offshore wind farm projects, especially getting them grid connected, reports Industrial Info.

Angela Merkel
Energy majors including E.ON AG (OTC:EONGY) and RWE AG (OTC:RWEOY) have complained openly about the problems with grid connection, which is threatening to derail the country's goals of having 10,000-MW of new offshore wind farms deployed by 2020.

The new bill will see consumers paying up to €0.25 cents per kilowatt hour (KWh) if there are delays to offshore power reaching the grid. There will also be fines imposed on the grid operators.

The energy companies blame grid operator TenneT TSO BV (Arnhem, Netherlands) for many of the delays in linking facilities in the German North Sea to the grid.

German Economics Minister Philipp Rösler (FDP) claimed that not knowing who would pay for delays means that "we lacked investments in wind parks and grid projects. With this regulation, the likelihood that liability losses will arise is now minimised."

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