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Siemens Gamesa CEO concerned about German wind development

Markus Tacke wants to see rules tightened in German offshore wind tenders out of concern that tenders will conclude with projects which are delayed or ultimately not carried out.

The first two German offshore wind tenders seem to have been a success. The price declined by a fourth to an average of DKK 0.318/kWh when contracts amounting to 1,013 MW were handed out two weeks ago. Approximately 95 percent of the projects in the first 807 MW tender as in the latest round have gone to community-based Bürgerwindparks.

The latter factor in particular has also sparked concern in the industry. Unlike the major project developers, the citizens behind the local farms did not have to seek permission from the federal environmental authority (BImSchG), and these developers have four-and-a-half years to install the projects, while the larger companies only have 30 months. Industry figures, including Siemens Gamesa's CEO  Markus Tacke, want to change this.

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