The wind energy sector in Germany has been given a big boost by an amendment to the country's renewable energy law. Under the new law set to come into force on January 1, 2009, the feed-in tariff for onshore wind farms will be increased from EUR 7.9 to 9.2 cents/kilowatt-hour (kWh) while the tariff for offshore wind will go up to EUR 13 cents/kWh.

"Offshore wind parks are the only renewable energy source that can deliver that kind of growth because the good sites on land have already been taken." -- Thomas Schnorrenberg, REpower Systems