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wpd to file constitutional complaint against Windpower-At-Sea-Act

Bremen (renewablepress) - The Bremen-based project developer wpd has today filed a constitutional complaint with the Federal Constitutional Court in Karlsruhe against the provisions of the Windpower-At-Sea-Act which are excluding the wpd offshore project Kaikas from future tenders without compensation.

The Kaikas project, situated in the German North Sea, has been approved in 2013 with 80 wind turbine generators, however, it cannot be implemented at the moment since it is the only approved project which will be excluded from future tenders by the Windpower-At-Sea-Act, which came into effect on January 1, 2017. Prof. Dr. Marcus Dannecker, from the law firm of Gleiss Lutz, drafted a 150 page constitutional complaint which sees this as a violation of the principle of equality (Art. 3 of the German Constitution), of occupational freedom and of the right of ownership (Art. 12 and 14 of the German Constitution).

“For years, we have put faith in the legal situation which has urged developers – with a number of incentives – to develop projects. To meet the statutory requirements we have invested a two-digit million amount, just to lose all possibilities for the realization of the project through a change in the system shortly before implementation. There is no worse way to deal with investors and there is no way to more clearly undermine investment reliability”, comments Achim Berge Olsen, managing director of wpd offshore GmbH.

About wpd
wpd is an international developer and operator of wind farms both onshore and offshore and with 1,800 employees actively engaged in 18 countries around the world, the head office is in Bremen. Since more than 20 years, wpd has realised wind energy projects with around 2,080 turbines and an output of 4,100 MW. Internationally, wpd is planning projects in the scope of 7,500 MW onshore and more than 5,400 MW offshore.

Bremen, 29 September 2017

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About wpd AG

wpd is a developer and operator of wind farms both onshore and offshore, acting worldwide. Over the last 20 years, wpd has installed 1,900 wind turbines with a total of 3,600 MW. Currently 1,232 MW are held as assets. A group staff of 1,500 is committed to wind energy in 18 countries. Internationally, wpd is planning projects in the scope of 6,700 MW onshore and 8,000 MW offshore.

For years, wpd has been awarded the first-class "A" rating by the Euler Hermes agency (Allianz Group). Besides the favourable status quo analysis, this external assesment of creditworthiness also illustrates the company's excellent future prospects.

wpd has played a determining role in helping to shape the wind industry since its early beginnings. The foundation for wpd was laid in 1996 in Bremen. To this day, the head office is in the Hanseatic city. The former two-man operation has developed into a solid, mid-sized company.

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