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European Commission approves state aid for 20 offshore wind farms in Germany

CTBR Staff Writer Published 17 April 2015

The European Commission has approved state aid for the construction of 20 offshore wind projects in Germany whose total investment costs account to €29.3bn.

European Commission

In October 2014, Germany announced plans to support construction and operation of wind farms by paying operators a premium on top of the market price for electricity.

The Commission found that the projects contribute to reaching Germany's 2020 targets for renewable energy without unduly distorting competition in the single market, after assessing the projects under its Guidelines on State aid for environmental protection and energy that entered into force in July 2014.

The 20 projects were assessed separately from the general scheme as they exceed the 250MW threshold set out in Guidelines on State aid for environmental protection and energy.

Of the proposed offshore wind farms with capacities ranging from 252MW to 688MW, 17 will be located in the North Sea and three in the Baltic Sea.

Expected to become operational in 2019, the projects will have a combined renewable energy generation capacity of around 7GW.

These projects will generate 28TWh of clean energy annually amounting to almost 13% of Germany's 2020 scenario for renewable energy given in the National Renewable Energy Action Plan.

Image:The size of each wind farm ranges from 252MW to 688MW. Photo: courtesy of xedos4 / freedigitalphotos.