German government calls renewable energy expansion »far from sufficient«

The German federal government has presented its latest monitoring report »on the expansion of renewable energies in the electricity sector in 2022«. According to the report, the current pace of expansion of renewable energy plants is »far from sufficient to move towards the target path of the EEG 2023.«
The country’s Renewable Energy Law (EEG) defines certain expansion quotas for the various technologies, which are currently still being undershot by a wide margin, particularly in the case of wind power. The German government cites the lack of planning law requirements – i.e. the designation of areas for the construction of new plants – as well as the excessively lengthy approval procedures as important reasons for the slow progress. According to the report, the average duration of a procedure is more than two years.

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