Germany’s federal maritime and hydrographic agency (BSH) has started proceedings to update the country’s maritime spatial planning in order to make room for an additional 3GW of offshore wind.

A preliminary draft of the updated maritime spatial plan is already considering new, boosted expansion targets for wind at sea foreseen by the new government of Chancellor Olaf Scholz.

Scholz’s three-way government link-up of Social Democrats (SPD), Greens and Liberals (FDP) in their coalition treaty had laid down plans to increase Germany’s goal for offshore wind to 30GW by 2030, compared to 20GW previously envisaged.