Germany’s parliament has approved the so-called ‘Easter package’ of energy policy reforms that aims at reaching an 80% renewables share in the country’s power mix, and ensure energy supply security in the wake of Russia’s war on Ukraine.

Changes to the Wind at Sea Law also introduce qualitative criteria to offshore wind tenders for the first time, as well as dedicated half a gigawatt auctions of offshore wind from next year on to produce green hydrogen.

After insistence of the neo-liberal Free Democrats (FDP), the smallest party in Chancellor Olaf Scholz’s three-way coalition, the government however dropped a stipulation to reach an electricity supply 100% based on renewables by 2035.