Community Wind in Germany under Threat

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Market changes are necessary to stop the downward spiral of community wind in Germany.

Official Press Release WWEA / LEE NRW:

New WWEA/LEE NRW Community Wind Report underlines: Community Wind in Germany under Threat

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New WWEA/LEE NRW Community Wind Report underlines: Community Wind in Germany under Threat

Few large investors dominated the German wind auctions in 2017, while local community wind projects, so far drivers of the market, will hardly play a role any longer, without major changes to the regulations.

The rules which were set up by the German government to protect community energy investors have failed to achieve this goal. In addition, the NRW State government has created additional challenges which may lead to job losses and generally shrinking wind investment in the state.  The onshore wind auctions introduced in Germany in 2017 are about to squeeze out small and community based investors – up to now the main drivers of the German wind market – and are favouring large investors. Although more than 95% of the successful bids are falling... ... More: Official Press Release WWEA / LEE NRW

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