ROUNDUP: More wind turbines on land went into operation – industry wants more speed

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BERLIN / HANNOVER (dpa-AFX) – The expansion of onshore wind power has picked up speed since the beginning of the year – but from the point of view of the industry it is still far below the necessary pace. In the first nine months of this year, significantly more new onshore wind turbines went into operation than in the same period of the previous year. From January to September 345 systems with a total output of around 1.4 gigawatts were connected to the grid – that is an increase of more than 50 percent in output. This emerges from an overview by the specialist agency Wind an Land.

Hermann Albers, President of the German Wind Energy Association, told the German Press Agency that a strong fourth quarter could still break the 2 gigawatt mark for the year as a whole. This would be a good signal, even if the energy transition actually requires more than 5 gigawatts of new wind energy capacity on land every year. In 2020 as a whole, new wind turbines with a total output of 1.4 gigawatts were built.

Albers also warned: “The inadequate expansion and the lack of permits are creating a dangerous mix in the high-consumption south-east and south-west. In Bavaria, Baden-Württemberg, Saxony and Saarland there is a risk of electricity bottlenecks if countermeasures are not taken immediately.” / Hoe / DP / jha


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