Global Data, a research institute in London, confirms that in 2015 Germany will exceed China and the United Kingdom with wind power. The installation plans amount to over 2GW of total capacity within 2015. The increase will therefore four times as 529MW built in 2014.
With such increase Germany will be in the first place, China will follow at the second place with 817MW and UK will slip to the third place with 801MW.
Ankit Mathur, C.E.O. of GlobalData, states that the increase in Germany ‘s offshore installations is due to the commissioning of several projects. Therefore, there will be a new strong phase of growth for the German wind energy sector.
Before the nuclear power disaster of Fukushima in 2011, the nuclear energy in Germany satisfies a quarter of the total national electricity demand. Germany is thus seeking to fill this electricity shortfall caused by the closure of some nuclear reactors.
In 2010, the Merkel government had set targets for a climate strategy called “Energiewande” (energy turnaround): -40% of greenhouse gases by 2020 and -80% by 2050, +18% of electricity production from renewable sources by 2020.