Site Development Plan
Amendment and updating of the Site Development Plan
The Maritime Spatial Plan 2021 for the German EEZ of the North Sea and the Baltic Sea came into force on 1 September 2021 after extensive participation of the authorities and the public. This plan provides a spatial basis for the further expansion of offshore wind energy in the EEZ. On this basis, further areas for the expansion of offshore wind energy are to be defined within the framework of an amendment and update of the Site Development Plan.
The initiation of the procedure was announced on 17 December 2021. At the same time, a preliminary draft of the Site Development Plan and a draft of the scope for the Strategic Environmental Assessment to be carried out in the procedure were published:
Amendment of the Site Development Plan 2020
The current amendment procedure exclusively concerns chapter 5.4 of the Site Development Plan 2020 and thus the specifications in the coastal sea resulting from the administrative agreement. Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania informed the BSH in a letter dated July 26, 2021, that an agreement could be reached with the interests of shipping with regard to the test site and requested that the Site Development Plan be amended to define the testing ground without reservation. In a letter dated August 25, 2021, the Federal Network Agency granted its consent to initiate the amendment procedure. The initiation of the amendment of the FEP was publicly announced on September 17, 2021.
Site Development Plan 2020
Induced by the draft law amending the Offshore Wind Energy Act (WindSeeG) and other regulations adopted by the German Federal Cabinet on June 3, 2020, and in particular due to the increased expansion path to 20 GW of installed offshore wind capacity by 2030 envisaged therein, it was necessary to update and amend the Site Development Plan 2019.
As the first step in the process, on June 19, 2020, BSH publicly announced the initiation of the update and amendment of the Site Development Plan 2020 (FEP 2020) and the anticipated scope of the update and amendment. A two-stage consultation process with a hearing and a discussion hearing followed. Based on the results of the participation process and the consultation, the Site Development Plan 2020 and the environmental reports were published on December 18, 2020. The documents can be found on this page in the column on the right in English and Polish (Baltic Sea only).
Site Development Plan 2019
In 2018 and 2019, the BSH has for the first time prepared the Site Development Plan in accordance with §§ 4ff. WindSeeG and carried out a strategic environmental assessment. The FEP 2019 was published on June 28, 2019.
The Site Development Plan 2019 makes determinations for offshore wind farms and grid connection systems for the period from the commissioning year 2026 to at least 2030.
The Site Development Plan 2019 and the Environmental Reports for the North and Baltic Seas were publicly notified on June 28, 2019. The documents can be found on this page in the column on the right in English and Polish (Baltic Sea only).