Far More German Onshore Wind Energy Potential
The German Umweltbundesamt (Federal Environment Agency) has changed its mind about the porential for wind energy on land. Offshore wind turbines harvest more energy than on land, but it is also more expensive in terms of installation and maintenance. The authorities are changing their minds if it is really necessary to continue focussing on offshore wind energy, now that a new study has shown that wind energy generated on land could produce as much as 1190 GW, five times the total German electricity demand. 13.8% of German territory could be used to generate electricity from wind. Current offshore installed base: 200 MW. Planned for 2020: 10 GW. Planned for 2030: 25 GW.