Renewable energy met 36.2% of Germany’s national electricity demand in 2017. Wind-generated electricity produced the largest share of this energy, at nearly 49%. Germany has 29,844 wind turbines, which account for nearly 56 GW of installed wind power capacity. In 2017, new installed wind power capacity was 6,759 MW, compared to 4,993 MW in 2016. New wind power capacity reached an all-time high, proving that the German Energy Transition is well underway.
Due to better wind resources in 2017, Germany’s wind sector produced 106.6 TWh of wind-generated electricity, compared to 79.9 TWh in 2016. Ongoing auctions took place with regard to the Renewable Energy Act (EEG 2017) and led to reduced bid prices for land-based wind energy and even up to zero bid strike prices offshore.
Germany pursues a broad R&D program on renewable energies and energy efficiency. Efforts for wind energy R&D include larger wind turbine components (like rotor blades and drive trains) that take into account land-based logistics requirements and offshore demands for substructures.
To learn more about wind energy in Germany, please read the country's chapter in the IEA Wind TCP 2017 Annual Report