Windy results: At the turn of the year, Germany commissioned more wind turbines in its waters, but generated less electricity from them.
At the turn of the year, 1,566 wind turbines with a total output of 8.5 gigawatts (GW) were in operation in German waters. This emerges from a report presented by the consulting firm Deutsche Windguard. This means that the installed capacity of German offshore wind turbines increased by 0.4 GW.
The share of offshore wind power in German electricity generation was 5.2 percent last year. A total of 23.5 terawatt hours of electricity were generated – 4.9 percent less than in the previous year.
According to the federal government’s goals, Germany should generate at least 30 GW of energy annually through offshore wind farms by 2030, at least 40 GW by 2035 and at least 70 GW by 2045. For comparison: the Emsland nuclear power plant, which was one of the last in Germany to be taken offline last year, had a 1.4 GW reactor.