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Thousands of German wind turbines could disappear by 2021

Subsidies for thousands of German wind turbines will run out in 2020, leaving those turbines unprofitable and pushing owners to pull the plug on operations. 

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Germany is risking its green transition progress. When wind turbine subsidies run out, it may not pay off to keep the turbines running, shows a new report. Higher electricity prices are needed to avoid going backwards, reports Recharge.

According to a study undertaken by German consultancy firm Deutsche Windguard, the feed-in tariff – which is part of the 20-year old Renewable Energies Act, EEG, – will run out for approximately 6,000 wind turbines with a total 4.5 GW capacity on 31 December 2020.

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