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Germany canceled offshore wind boost ahead of new government coalition

Germany threw out its specific targets for offshore wind development last Friday, just two days before the country's political parties formed a new government coalition.

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Germany was brimming with political tension and excitement this past weekend as the social democratic party SPD agreed to join Angela Merkel's conservative CDU to form a government coalition. At the same time, the country's parliament voted Friday on a more rapid expansion of the country's offshore wind farms.

While the latter event did not receive as much media attention, it emerged that the German federal council of states, the Bundesrat, abandoned a proposal to increase ambitions and aim for installation of at least 20 GW offshore wind by 2030, instead of the current goal of 15 GW. In addition to boosting the 2030 target, the proposal also intended to implement a new, dedicated offshore wind target for 2030. Media Renews reports that it was a "surprise move" to ditch the proposal.

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