The German minister for the environment Sigmar Gabriel now no longer plans to increase the share of bio energy in the fuel market to 17% by 2020 as originally planned but only to 12%. In return, the share of wind energy in the electricity supply is to be increased from the up to present planned 27.5% to at least 30% by 2020. According to Gabriel’s new climate protection concept, the now additionally planned expansion of wind energy to more than 30% in gross electricity generation will even provide an additional benefit. Whereas biofuels would have saved only 5mn tons of CO2, the planned additional wind turbines might save up to 11mn tons of CO2.
According to the German wind energy association, Bundesverband Windenergie, the 3% growth of wind energy claimed by Gabriel would signify that new wind turbines with a total capacity of 9,000MW would have to be set up.