Germany approves offshore wind farms project

Sep 17, 2009 02:00 AM

The German government agreed a plan to set aside special zones off its northern coast for a host of wind farms that could provide energy for more than 8 mm homes.
The zones, between 12 and 200 km offshore, could house 22 wind farms in the North Sea, with a further three farms planned for the Baltic, off the country's north-eastern coast.

"By 2020, we want to raise the percentage of renewable energy in our electricity supply to 30 % on a step-by-step basis. Wind parks should play a significant role in this," said Transport Minister Wolfgang Tiefensee.
"From our planned farms in the North Sea alone, we could provide 6.8 mm additional homes with electricity," he added.

He said the three additional farms in the Baltic could provide energy for a further 1.5 mm households.
In total, Germany plans 40 offshore farms with 2,500 windmills, creating 30,000 jobs in the northern part of the country, Mr Tiefensee told. He said the country hoped to produce 25,000 MW offshore by 2030, just under half of which would be created by the zones.

Source / AFP
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