German onshore wind auction flops again

Only 176MW of bids are successful despite 500MW of capacity on offer in September

Germany’s latest onshore wind auction was again heavily under-subscribed, with only 176MW allocated of 500MW on offer in September, the country’s federal grids agency (BNetzA) said.

As just 187MW of bids were handed in, too few projects were offered to be able to call it a real competition, the BNetzA said.

Consequently, the average of successful bids came in at €62/MWh ($68.40), which was also the bidding ceiling.

The agency didn’t immediately comment on why the tender was under-subscribed, but the result was similar to that of auctions in May and August, when the BNetzA blamed permitting bottlenecks at state level for the lackluster interest in onshore wind.

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