The new German government is proposing a bold new initiative to dramatically increase onshore wind power in the country by 2030. “If successful, the plan would add up to 10 gigawatts of new onshore wind capacity every year for the rest of the decade,” reports CleanTechnica. “In total, 2% of Germany’s land area will be set aside for wind energy generation. [T]he German government also plans to increase its offshore wind target to 30 GW by 2030.” From the report: During a press conference, [the nation’s new Green Minister for Economics and Climate, Robert Habeck] made it clear that wind energy, particularly onshore wind, will remain the most important source of electricity in Germany and is the key to further emission reductions, according to WindEurope. “The Energiewende is roaring again. Germany wants a huge expansion of onshore wind. And the Government fully understands that that requires faster permitting of new wind farms — and they intend to deliver this ASAP with a dedicated new ‘Onshore Wind Law.’ Today’s announcements mark the comeback of German leadership on renewables — fantastisch!” says WindEurope CEO Giles Dickson.

Habeck intends to remove restraints on onshore wind development caused by concerns about radar installations for civilian and military aviation. He estimates the government plan could free up 4 to 5 GW of new wind projects currently blocked by aviation radar, and an additional 4 GW currently blocked by the military. Support for renewable energies will be paid from the state budget, reducing the burden on low income households and small businesses. The package is also said to define the energy transition as a ‘matter of public interest’ in order to prioritize wind energy projects over other forms of land use — an important precondition to streamlining the permit process and finding new sites for wind energy projects.

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