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Thuringia imports approximately 50 % of its electrical energy (ThEGA, 2013)

It is aimed at changing this situation and the situation offers - according to the experts - a suitable starting point for intensifying the further expansion of the renewable energies in this federal state.

The success depends - to a large extent - on the following two aspects: Which potential of the individual renewable energies can be found in the individual regions? How are the political framework conditions established at the Federal State level for exploiting these potentials?

Thuringia sets ambitious targets to further expand the renewable energies.


21.143 PV plants (2013) with an output of 954.6 MW
121 companies (2012) and approx. 5,000 employees
Sales approx. 1.3 billion euros

Targets until 2040:

Creation of incentives for the expansion, support of the own use, expansion of solar heat use in local and district heating systems, application of fundamental reforms of Renewable Energy Law and green electricity market designs in order to enable the increased expansion of the solar energy production 

source: FH Erfurt

Wind energy

Inventory of 727 wind energy plants (2014) with an output of more than 1,130 MW.
There are approx. 20 companies with roughly 700 employees. Most of the companies are operating in the downstream segment. Suppliers of components, software, project planning, installation, operation and service.

Targets until 2040:

Tripling of the area (from roughly 0.3 % to 1 %, 14 wind priority areas not yet built-up, as of 2014), Wind Energy Decree,foundations for the expansion of the wind power plants in the forest must be laid, potential analysis to support the regional planning, presentation of wind farm types and develop the environmentally sound construction, participation of residents and municipalities in the proceeds 

source: FH Erfurt


Inventory of 255 biogas plants (2014 TheGa)
In the field of bioenergy, the wide distribution of biogas power plants is considered to be positive. According to the experts, this is the result of the agricultural structures, the plant sizes and the stables. The latter also explain the high use of liquid manure (more than 60 % of the potential are already being used; this is above-average in Germany).

Targets until 2040:

Expansion for flexibility (e.g. for peak load generation) and improved heat use, focus on new biogas plants which preferably utilise residues.

Water power

Currently, the Free State of Thuringia has five pumped storage stations - the Goldisthal Pumped Storage Station is the most modern and most powerful hydroelectric power station in Germany. According to the results of a potential analysis  (2011), there are further capacities for the expansion of the sector. Water and wastewater technologies developed in Thuringia are to be useable and marketable all over the world. 

Circular economy

This lead market has 5,400 employees in the field of Circular economy, who generate a turnover of approx. 730 million euros. Thuringia should become a federal state of closed material cycles. The targets are the establishment and development of a highly efficient partnership between industry and research in the field of recycling technology (Basis: Recycling 2.0 – The Material Turnaround, Upcycling). Development of the future fieldRecycling-friendly Design (Ecodesign).

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Umweltfreundliche Energie und Energiespeicherung in Thüringen (TheGA 2013)
Landesentwicklungsprogramm Thüringen 2025
Neue Energie für Thüringen Eckpunkte der Landesregierung
Thüringen EnergieEffizienzpreis 2014