EU countries and industry renew commitment to offshore wind

Germany, Belgium, Denmark and industry giants Dong Energy and Siemens Gamesa among others have signed a joint declaration pledging huge EU offshore wind expansion.

The group wants to increase offshore wind capacity fivefold in the next decade.

Germany, Denmark and Belgium joined with 25 companies on Tuesday to back a pledge to increase Europe’s offshore wind power capacity almost fivefold in the next decade.
Offshore wind power development
Energy ministers from the respective countries pledged to work together with the companies to deliver 60 GW, or at least 4 GW a year of offshore wind capacity in Europe in the 2020s.

“With this Joint Statement, leading businesses and governments are taking the next step by committing to cooperate on the deployment of big volumes for offshore wind energy,” said Giles Dickson, chief executive officer of industry group WindEurope.

Europe currently has around 13 GW of offshore wind capacity but expects the technology to grow as costs fall, and as countries look for ways to increase their low-carbon electricity options to help meet emission reduction targets.

Recent bids for offshore wind in the Netherlands, Germany and Denmark, have seen costs fall by up to 48 percent in the last two years, and the technology is expected to be competitive with new conventional generation, such as gas power plants before 2030, the joint statement said.

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