Energy sector’s responsibility in the face of war in Ukraine

Last week, when Russia brutally attacked Ukraine triggering a war just across the border of the European Union, is a moment in history when the development of the offshore wind industry must also be viewed through the prism of these tragic events. Ukraine's independence has been compromised, and so has Europe's security. In this context, it is impossible not to mention the role of Russian oil and gas companies. They play a very important role in Kremlin's politics and now - at war. Manipulation of gas and oil prices and financing Putin's regime are the tip of what needs not [...]

Jerzy Buzek: We will not win only with electrification but we will certainly lose without it

– Electrification will most probably not be a silver bullet: it will not be in itself sufficient in decarbonising some of industrial processes or may not be the best for all transport solutions. In other words: we will not win only with electrification but we will certainly lose without it – said Jerzy Buzek, Member of the European Parliament, former President of the European Parliament and Chair of ITRE Committee, in an interview for BalticWind.EU. […]

Jerzy Buzek: 2022 will be the “year of delivery” of the European Green Deal

– 2022 will be – in fact – the “year of delivery” of the European Green Deal with the ongoing works both on the “Fit for 55” and Gas Packages in the European Parliament and in the Council. Therefore, I expect a lot of heated debates on many important topics – which of them will be crucial? I would point out four of them: soaring energy prices, extension of the EU ETS to transport and buildings, the role of natural gas as a transition fuel and last but not least – hydrogen economy and its [...]

Giles Dickson: The wind industry is ready to deliver the huge volumes needed to electrify our economies

In our latest interview with Giles Dickson, we ask about the Electric City 2021 conference held in Copenhagen and the challenges of wind energy development in Europe. The interview appeared on BalticWind.EU latest report straight from Copenhagen.  Which topics brought wind industry representatives to Copenhagen this year? Renewables are now around 40% of the electricity we consume in Europe. That’s not bad. But electricity is still only one-quarter of all the energy we consume. Most of our heating and cooling, transport and industry are still powered by fossil fuels. If we want to decarbonise our economies and be less [...]

MEP Morten Petersen: The streamlining of all regulations of the Fit for 55 package is important now

BalticWind.EU informed, that MEPs set out recommendations for speeding up the deployment of offshore wind, in a report adopted on Tuesday. The report voted in the Industry, Research and Energy committee (ITRE) in response to a European Commission communication stresses that meeting the 2030 and 2050 targets require speeding up the deployment of offshore wind energy. It will be put to vote in the full House on the 17th of January, 2022. We ask a few questions to MEP Morten Petersen (Renew, DK) rapporteur in ITRE. […]

MEP Jerzy Buzek for BalticWind.EU: The end does not justify the means!

The development of offshore wind energy in EU countries is associated with the need to speed up the issuance of permits for the construction of wind farms. The offshore wind industry has long stressed that the lack of fast and common procedures is one of the main bottlenecks that could prevent ambitious plans for 2030 and 2050 from being achieved. In this respect, in any event, national law must comply with the EU energy legal framework and State aid rules. This was also the subject of the European Commission's response, published on 8 November this year. to a parliamentary [...]

BalticWind.EU Quarterly Country Report on Poland Q3 2021

Dear Readers, We are pleased to present you with the first of a series of quarterly reports summarizing the offshore wind energy market in a country approach. We are starting with Poland. The choice is not accidental - in the passing quarter, a sector agreement was signed in Warsaw. It sets a roadmap for preparations to build a new sector of the economy. We are convinced that despite many difficulties and challenges, that are yet to be faced by the wind energy sector in Poland, the day of signing, i.e. 15 September, will go down in history as a [...]

Newsroom: GE Renewable Energy and PKN ORLEN sign MOU on offshore wind in Poland

GE Renewable Energy and PKN ORLEN announced today that they have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to explore ways to work together to support the development of offshore wind projects in Poland, a country expected to award up to 10.9 GW of offshore wind projects by 2030 and up to 28 GW of offshore wind by 2050. The agreement can help accelerate the energy transition in Poland by helping the country take full advantage of its offshore wind resources. GE Renewable Energy is already an active player in the Polish wind market with over 300 onshore wind turbines delivering 900 [...]

Analysis: Fit-for-55% package recognises offshore wind as key to deliver EU’s climate and energy targets

The “fit for 55% package” adopted by the European Commission on July 14th. clearly indicates that boosting renewable sources of energy, in particular wind, is essential to deliver EU’s climate target. Commissioner for Energy, Kadri Simson, said during the presentation of the legislative package that when it comes to renewable energy the European Union has been a true pioneer. “Our early start in this sector has already paid off. Renewables prices have fallen dramatically. The European renewables industry, especially in offshore wind, is a global leader” – said Commissioner Simson. [...]

BalticWind.EU will award TOP 20 leaders of the Offshore Wind Industry in the Baltic Sea

Today, on Global Wind Day, BalticWind.EU is proud to announce the first Baltic Offshore Wind Awards, to recognize the top 20 leaders of our industry who have had the biggest impact on offshore wind development in the Baltic Sea region. The award winners will be announced at the Final Gala in December this year. Speeding up the process of wind farm investments deployment in the Baltic Sea countries will not be possible without leaders of this process. At BalticWind.EU, we closely follow the activities of those who are most active and influential. Today we would like to share the [...]

BalticWind.EU – one month after launch

Dear readers, a month ago we have launched BalticWind.EU platform. Having started this project, every day we experience how exciting the development of wind energy in the Baltic Sea region is. With all the aspects which we are informing about – like growing role of ports, grids development challenges, issues of military security of sea areas, cooperation with fishermen, the need to prepare human resources for the wind industry, revision of regulatory framework at EU level, and many others – we see that offshore wind development is becoming one of the key pillars of energy transition is the EU. [...]

Analysis: Cross-border cooperation in the EU will be strengthened according to leaked revised renewable energy directive (REDIII)

European Commission will present the package “fit for 55%” this summer. According to the latest agenda of the Commission it is scheduled on July 14th. All legislative proposals need to provide a framework for delivering increased GHG reduction target for 2030 as well as climate neutrality by 2050. BalticWind.EU has seen a leaked version of the revised renewable energy directive (REDIII). First of all, being one of the main elements of the package it should deliver a higher 2030 RES target. On the basis of the European Commission’s impact assessment released in September 2020 most probably, the EU-wide target [...]

Today is World Hydrography Day

Every year on 21 June we celebrate World Hydrography Day. This year the focus is on autonomous technologies – aerial, surface and underwater survey drones as well as autonomous ships. Hydrographic  works are essential for wind offshore development projects, including operation and maintenance of wind farms. Hydrography can play the key role in support of autonomous technologies in order to strengthen safe and efficient navigation of ships, as well as other activity associated with the sea, including i.e. environmental protection and management, national marine spatial data infrastructures, maritime defence and security, coastal zone management. This year we celebrate the 100th [...]

LEAK European Commission: Offshore wind will be one of the pillars of RES development in the EU

[Download link at the end of article] Leaked revised renewable directive (REDIII) shows that offshore wind will be one of the pillars of RES development in the EU. The leaked document puts strong focus on cross border projects, joint cooperation of MSs within each sea basin by 2050, with intermediate steps in 2030 and 2040, one-stop-shop for permitting per sea basin, as part of the specific measures to foster deployment of offshore renewable energy. Download the leaked document here: Revision RED III On Monday, we will release our analysis of what changes for offshore wind the REDIII will introduce. [...]

Electrification Alliance: Obstacles to wind and electricity grid deployment in the EU have to be removed

Removal of obstacles especially in relation to permitting is one of the recommendations published by an Electrification Alliance. Members of the alliance, including WindEurope and Eurelectric, released its priorities for “fit for 55%” package. Recommendations for the revision of the Renewable Energy Directive indicates that removal of obstacles to solar, wind and electricity grid deployment should include developing guidelines and benchmarks for good practices to support Member States in the implementation of the current RED II provisions with the necessary respect for environmental considerations. Joint Position Paper of the Electrification Alliance has been released on 1st of June ahead of [...]

Welcome message from Paweł Wróbel Managing Director of BalticWind.EU

With great pleasure and satisfaction I welcome you today to BalticWind.EU. After many weeks of preparation, we give you an innovative platform that aims first and foremost to create opportunities. BalticWind.EU is the space for the dialogue of industry representatives, professionals, start-ups founders, analytics, journalists, academic and research centres. Welcome to the #BalticWindNetwork. https://youtu.be/xHDiCVCOOZc Cooperation – a key to unlock the enormous potential of the Baltic Sea The Baltic Sea, as the second largest basin for offshore wind power in the EU has incredible potential for investments of up to 93 GW by 2050. It may be achieved in [...]

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