Germany 'plans renewables surge' led by offshore wind

The German government is said to have drawn up plans for an aggressive expansion of renewables capacity as part of an accelerated shift from nuclear power in the wake of Fukushima.

A draft plan by the country’s economy and environment ministries includes a €5bn ($7.2bn) programme for offshore wind backed by state development bank KfW, it is reported.

Designated sites for new wind farms, repowering of existing facilities with more efficient turbines and extra transmission capacity to move wind power from Germany’s north to south are also recommended, along with an overhaul of renewables legislation.

However, the report, which may form the basis for new legislation, is said to warn of opposition from local groups affected by a rapid ramp-up in generation and transmission Log in to read complete article.

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