Signing ceremony in Esbjerg today
Germany, the Netherlands, Denmark and Belgium signed several agreements today in Esbjerg, Denmark, related to a newly decided massive expansion of wind energy plans. This is about 150 GW wind capacity in the North Sea until 2050, subsea interconnectors, energy islands to collect and distribute electricity to the EU and the production of hydrogen.
Nothing is being decided that hadn’t already been identified as potential. It is just that events in Ukraine has hardened the resolve to realize that potential, no ifs or buts. From now on, it’s all systems go. It’s unclear, however, how this joint 150 GW is going to be distributed over the 4 cooperating countries.
Additionally, the ambition is to phase out Russian fossil fuel completely by 2027 from the EU.
[offshorewind.biz] – 150 GW target set by Four EU Countries for 2050
[reuters.com] – Four countries pledge tenfold rise in EU offshore wind power capacity
[nos.nl] – Noordzeelanden gaan capaciteit windparken vertienvoudigen
Previous posts regarding intentions North Sea wind:
[deepresource] – Overview Dutch Offshore Wind Effort until 2030 and Beyond
March 2021: Dutch plans 11 GW by 2030. A consortium estimates that eventually, 60 GW will be installed in the Dutch part of the North Sea.
[deepresource] – Green Light for Extra New Dutch Offshore Wind Parks
March 2022: the Netherlands plans to double its ambition, 21 GW by 2030.
[deepresource] – Denmark Approves 10 GW Energy Island in North Sea (Feb 2021)