The transformation of German energy is gathering pace. The proportion of green electricity has now reached 25%.
Wind energy is the most important pillar. It should meet 25% of electricity demand by 2025, an important piece of the #ClimateChange puzzle.
Wind energy is the most important pillar in this change – and still has lots of potential. The rate of development has been breathtaking: it is precisely 25 years since the first commercial wind farm was launched in Germany – in Kaiser-Wilhelm-Koog on the west coast of Schleswig-Holstein. A total of 32 wind turbines with an output of 10 to 25 kilowatts each began feeding electricity into the public grid on 25 August 1987. It was a modest, but groundbreaking second start.
The further expansion of wind energy plays a central role in the plans for the transformation of the German energy supply system Among other things, the master plan envisages a series of offshore wind farms in the North and Baltic Seas, of which the first (Alpha Ventus) went on stream in 2009. Although they are expensive and present greater technological challenges than originally thought, they are powerful – and avoid the frequently criticized disfigurement of the landscape. Additionally, the electricity grid is being expanded to transport the wind electricity from the north to centres of consumption in the south.