18 April 2017 by David Weston
GERMANY: Developers Dong Energy and EnBW have been awarded licences for four projects in Germany's first competitive auction, with three sites to be built without subsidy.
Dong Energy's Gode Wind 1 offshore project in Germany's North Sea
EnBW will develop the 900MW He Dreiht site in the North Sea without federal support, meaning the project will only receive the market price for electricity.
Two of Dong's approved projects will also be subsidy-free; the 240MW OWP West and 240MW Borkum Riffgrund West 2 projects.
Dong's third project, the 110MW Gode Wind 3 site, will receive €60/MWh support.
All the projects are expected to be completed by the mid-2020s, subject to final investment decisions.
EnBW currently operates 336MW of offshore wind in Germany, with a further 610MW due online by the end of 2019.
"Our bid demonstrates that integrating offshore technology into the market by the middle of the next decade is possible, and that offshore wind energy can make a significant contribution towards Germany meeting its energy and climate policy targets," said EnBW CEO Frank Mastiaux. SOURCE: WindPower