Germany’s parliament has approved a plan that will end renewable energy feed-in tariffs in favor of competitive auctions and clear volumes for wind energy development. It was revealed in early June that Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel had hammered out a new agreement with state leaders to restrict onshore wind expansion to 2.8 GW per year, putting a clear cap on the volume of wind energy development. It is expected that the limit for onshore wind will increase after 2020 to 2.9 GW per year, while the offshore cap (applicable from 2021 to 2030) will vary from year to year to ensure that Germany reaches its 15 GW wind energy target by 2030. The new reforms, which also include repowering older turbines, is expected to come into effect in January 2017.
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