Accelerating the expansion of onshore wind energy will play a key role in achieving Germany’s climate protection targets. Robert Habeck, Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Climate Protection, agrees. In his opening statement, he spoke about how “the massively accelerated expansion of onshore wind energy represents one of the greatest challenges of the energy transition.” To achieve the target of 80 % renewable energies in gross electricity demand, he assumes that an installed capacity of over 100 GW onshore wind energy will be necessary for 2030.
In the pursuit of this goal, planned legislation will reserve 2% of Germany’s land area for onshore wind energy. But is this a reasonable measure?
We address this question in our Discussion Paper: „2% of the Land Area for Wind: A Suitable Measure?“ (only available in German).