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Germany to auction even more offshore wind power

The German government will plug a current gap in tenders for the next three years by holding even more offshore wind auctions.

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Chancellor Angela Merkel's government is set to hold more auctions for offshore wind power, plugging a current gap in tenders for the next three years that the industry has said would harm turbine makers and hamper green targets.

Germany will probably add about 5 gigawatts in capacity in the coming years, bringing the total capacity envisaged by the end of next decade to 20 gigawatts, said Deputy Economy and Energy Minister Thomas Bareiss in an interview on Wednesday in Berlin. Industry lobbies representing companies including Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy SA have pushed to increase tenders.

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