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Germany adds 554 MW of onshore wind in October

Germany has added 554 MW of new onshore wind capacity in October, the latestmonthly data from the federal grid regulator showed Friday.

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Onshore wind continues to boom with 4.5 GW added so far this year as legacyprojects are rushed to come online ahead of further cuts to legacyfeed-in-tariffs and a complete change to auctions which are set to bring theboom to an abrupt halt in 2019.

Over the past three years Germany has added 15 GW of onshore wind with another5 GW of legacy projects possible coming online next year ahead of the completephase-out for feed-in-tariffs by end-2018.

Total installed onshore wind capacity is now estimated around 50 GW withanother 5 GW offshore wind online.

Germany has moved towards auctions for all renewable projects as part of areform of its green energy law in order to reduce costs with subsidized pricesfor onshore wind dropping in the latest auction in October below Eur40/MWh.

However, 97% of projects awarded in the first three onshore wind auctions in2017 are to be developed by so-called citizen energy groups, benefiting fromlonger realization periods for the projects with the wind turbine lobbywarning of a sharp drop in installations in 2019 and 2020.

To mitigate a sharp drop, German grid regulator BNetzA has lifted the maximumbidding price for 2018 auctions to Eur63/MWh, saying this would better reflectaverage current costs for onshore wind it estimates around Eur56/MWh.

--Andreas Franke, andreas.franke@spglobal.com

--Edited by Jonathan Dart, jonathan.dart@spglobal.com