German wind tender breaks record for under-subscription

Approximately only half the tendered capacity was subscribed to in the most recent tender which also so prices go up. The industry calls for prompt political action.

Enercon is one the wind turbine manufacturers to have suffered the most under the German tender system. The company has terminated more than 800 German jobs this year. | Photo: Enercon

Germany continues to face challenges with its onshore wind energy tender model. Although projects with capacity totaling 921 MW have prequalified for this year's fourth tender for 670 MW, German authorities only received subscriptions for around 400 MW, 363 MW of which – corresponding to 54 percent of the total tendered capacity – had grid connection allocated.

"Despite given a theoretically sufficient number of licenses having been granted, the tender round was significantly under-subscribed," acknowledges Jocken Homann, chair of Bundesnetzagentur, the German federal network agency for electricity, gas, telecommunications, post and railway.

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