Germany Weighs the Impact of Auctions on the Wind Industry

By [email protected] Germany’s transition to an auction-based system for wind is raising questions about a downturn in orders for turbine manufacturers.

At least one specialist analyst group, U.K.-based A Word About Wind, has speculated that wind turbine original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) might face a drought in Germany after community groups won the majority of capacity in the nation’s first two onshore auctions.

“This is a result of the way the system has been designed to offer favorable terms to community-based groups,” said A Word About Wind’s Richard Heap.

The rules do not require these groups to have a development permit in place before they submit

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