Germany has seen a dramatic decline in the number of new onshore wind farms this year, raising fears that the country will fall even further behind its long-term climate and renewable goals.
Only 290 megawatts of new capacity were installed in the first half of 2019, a decline of more than 80 per cent compared with the same period last year and the lowest total in almost two decades. In 2018, Germany installed wind farms with a total capacity of 2,800MW. That, too, was a sharp reduction from 2017, when Germany added more than 5,000MW of wind capacity on land.
The fall in new wind farms has alarmed both industry and policymakers. “When it comes to expanding wind energy on land, Germany has fallen from the fast lane to the emergency lane,” Achim Dercks, the deputy director of the German chambers of commerce and industry, told journalists on Wednesday.
“If this continues the government will fail to meet its self-proclaimed goals for climate protection and renewable energy.”