Germany raises wind-power generating capacity

Jan 22, 2003 01:00 AM

German wind-power capacity grew by more than a third last year, industry officials said, after more than 2,000 new turbines were installed in a country that is already the world leader in the field. Capacity rose 37 % to 12 GW while the number of turbines installed rose 20 % to 13,800, according to data released by the National Association for Wind Energy and two other bodies.
As a result, wind power accounted for 4.7 % of total energy consumption last year, up from 3 % in 2001 and topping the contribution from hydroelectric generation for the first time. The industry groups said they hope to raise their share to 10 % of the total by 2010, and to 25 % by 2030.

Wind turbines dot the German landscape, particularly close to the North Sea and Baltic coasts, where new, more powerful units are being installed to take advantage of laws obliging electricity distributors to buy wind power at prices above market rates.
With turbines already in place at many of the best sites onshore, German energyfirms are increasingly looking to build offshore wind farms, though none are expected to be fully operational until 2006 or 2007.

Source: AP
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