Stakeholder Desks


The German National Desk consists of around 100 stakeholders and major actors of which around 30 are core stakeholders, mainly from Saxony, Thuringia, Brandenburg, and Berlin. It is coordinated by seecon Ingenieure GmbH in co-operation with the Environmental Policy Research Centre of the Freie Universität Berlin and it aims to develop strategies to increase the acceptance of wind energy. For these reasons, the Desk identifies region specific barriers and social acceptance problems in the selected target regions Saxony and Thuringia. Furthermore, the Desk will help to elaborate good practices and, where feasible, initiate their transfer to the target regions.

In the selected target regions Saxony and Thuringia, wind energy has so far witnessed a relatively slow market deployment. Cumulative capacities are comparatively low both in absolute and relative terms. By December 31 2017, the installed capacity of wind turbines reached 1,199 MW in Saxony and 1,470 MW in Thuringia. Hence, installed capacities are among the lowest of all territorial states in Germany (Figure 1). But also specific installed capacities by area are considerably below German average (Figure 2). The same applies to the ratio of installed capacity and available potential (Figure 4).

To provide potential best practice references, two model regions with a high market share of wind energy were selected: Brandenburg and Schleswig-Holstein. Brandenburg has been selected due to historical and structural reasons, as it was a former part of the GDR just as Thuringia and Saxony. Schleswig-Holstein has been selected because there is a long tradition of citizen and community wind energy with relatively high social acceptance rates so far, particularly in the region of Northern Frisia, one of the pioneering wind energy regions in Germany.
The National Desk provides various stakeholders with the possibility of exchange of views and positions and with mutual learning. The focus is on joint development of strategies to increase the acceptance of wind energy.

The potential electricity production from wind energy is based on the assumption that 2% of the total area is used for wind energy. The specific situation of the city states of Berlin, Bremen and Hamburg regarding diversification of areas has been taken into account.


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