Cuxhaven Appeal 2.0 - Northern German states and offshore wind sector call for increased offshore capacity
Economic and energy ministers of several northern German states are calling on the federal government to facilitate the deployment of offshore wind energy.Ministers and senators from Lower Saxony, Schleswig-Holstein, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Hamburg and Bremen have presented the Cuxhaven Appeal 2.0 in conjunction with industry representatives.
In the 11-point paper, they demand that the government improve framework conditions for the expansion of offshore wind on the back of the country's first auction, which saw three projects come through on a merchant basis.
This follows a first appeal in 2013 – Cuxhaven Appeal 1 – which had a positive effect in shaping the political discussion around the technology. The key recommendation in the latest appeal is for Germany to increase its offshore capacity from 15GW to at least 20GW by 2030 and to 30GW by 2035. In addition, it proposes supporting the permitting process and expanding the grid's capacity. The appeal also tackles the need for integrated networks both with gas and neighbouring countries and the flexible operation of conventional power plants, aswell as improved responses to grid bottlenecks.