Germany intends to start tenders for a total of 5GW of new offshore wind in 2023 and start construction in 2027, according to a multi-state meeting in Hannover on Monday.
In making a commitment to "fix the goal legally in the coming months", Lower Saxony's environment minister Olaf Lies said it "will mean a lot of work for us, in terms of rapid legal foundations as well as for the participating planning authorities, and for grid expansion on land.
"Tenders should be made by 2023, the start of construction in 2027," according to the minister who was quoted in a statement issued by the Lower Saxony environment ministry.
The meeting heard that 500 more offshore wind turbines will be required to meet the country's new 20GW goal, an increase in the country’s previous 15GW target.
State secretary Andreas Feicht of the federal ministry of economics and energy committed to the development of an expansion action plan. Feicht said: "We want to make society fit for a future with considerably less CO2. That is why we will draw up an offshore action plan with the aim of achieving 20GW of offshore wind energy in the North and Baltic Seas by 2030."
He noted the planned inclusion of "an ambitious expansion on land".
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According to Feicht, grid expansion will be the focus of a conference in Berlin in November, where it's expected that federal states will formulate "specific tasks and guidelines for network expansion”.
A TenneT representative at the meeting said the TSO is supporting the "ambitious plans with the appropriate power grid expansion". However, they noted that politicians need to offer "planning security".