Schleswig-Holstein has pioneered the generation of wind power in Germany. Ideally located between the North Sea and the Baltic Sea, the northern state exploits its geographical advantages to capitalise on the renewable energy boom. Soon, it will also be exporting electricity from green sources. Today, more than half of the state’s power supply already comes from renewable energies, 70 per cent of which come from wind power, 20 per cent from biomass and a further 10 per cent from photovoltaics. By 2025, combined renewable energy sources will account for 16 gigawatt. “If the wind performance of this year is at least average, the turbines installed today will allow to reach the 100 per cent mark”, rejoiced Schleswig-Holstein’s Minister of Energy recently when presenting a study on the state’s green energies potential. Last year, Last year, the green power percentage covered 90 per cent of the gross consumption of around 15,000 gigawatt hours.
More than 16 gigawatt by 2025
In 2014 alone, new farms will add 1,1 gigawatt hours. “This corresponds approximately to the output of a nuclear power plant”, said Habeck. By 2025, the installed capacity of power from solar, wind and renewable resources is expected to amount to more than 16 gigawatt. In comparison: In 2012, production capacities of green energies contributors only amounted to 5.3 gigawatt, with the majority of facilities installed on land.
Das Ziel der Landesregierung, das dreifache des Bruttostromverbrauchs von Schleswig-Holstein, durch Ökostrom zu decken, werde aber wohl erst 2025 erreicht. “Damit würden wir als führender Windenergiestandort einen Anteil von rund acht Prozent der Stromnachfrage in Deutschland abdecken”, so Habeck laut Pressemitteilung.
However, the aim of the state government to cover the gross electricity consumption of Schleswig-Holstein by green energies by three times will not achieved until 2025. “As the leading wind energy site in Germany, we then would cover eight per cent of the national electricity demand,” explained Habeck.
Landesportal Schleswig-Holstein: www.schleswig-holstein.de