The expansion of new wind turbines is progressing.
However, a significantly accelerated expansion of renewable energies is necessary so that more stringent climate targets can be achieved.
Berlin - In Germany, significantly more new wind turbines were added on land in the first half of 2021 - but from the point of view of the industry, the level is not sufficient to be able to achieve climate targets.
In the first six months of this year, 240 new wind turbines with a total output of 971 megawatts were installed - compared to the same period in the previous year, this is an increase of 62 percent.
This is based on figures from the industry associations Bundesverband Windenergie and VDMA Power Systems, which were submitted to the ARD capital studio and the German press agency.
The associations are informing about the expansion this morning.
In the first half of the year, 135 wind turbines with an output of 140 megawatts were shut down.
In this respect, the so-called net expansion was 831 megawatts.
However, from the point of view of many parties and energy associations, a significantly accelerated expansion of renewable energies is necessary so that more stringent climate targets can be achieved.
Long planning and approval procedures, insufficiently designated areas and many lawsuits are seen as obstacles to expansion.
According to ARD, the associations are expecting 2.2 to 2.4 gigawatts of additional capacity for the entire year 2021.
In the peak years from 2014 to 2017, this was between 3.5 and just under 4.9 gigawatts per year.
"We are of course satisfied that we are experiencing an increase again after the deepest crisis," said the President of the Federal Wind Energy Association, Hermann Albers, the ARD capital studio.
However, the pace of expansion must be accelerated significantly.
It is undisputed that more ecological electricity, more renewable electricity from wind power is needed.
In 2020, there were 420 onshore wind turbines in Germany with a total output of 1,431 megawatts.
This made 2020 the second weakest expansion year since the introduction of the Renewable Energy Sources Act in 2000 - after 2019, when a low had been reached.