BalticWind.EU asked industry leaders and key policy-makers for their assessment of what has been achieved in the past year and what the forecasts are for 2024. In today’s interview of the „Baltic Sea Offshore Wind – 2024 Outlook” series, we present the opinion of Daniel Badman, CEO, Swedish Wind Energy Association (SWEA).

What is the most significant development for the offshore wind in 2023?

The most significant developments for the offshore wind industry in 2023 is the continued strong developer interest in the Swedish market, that is increasing despite political uncertainties. This development is driven by high demand in electricity.

What are the most important challenges for offshore wind development in 2024?

Most important challenge for offshore wind development in 2024
 is to get new policy instruments in place, such as new maritime spatial plans and a streamlined regulation for offshore wind, without disturbing the current development. Another challenge is the grid development for offshore wind.

What matters related to offshore wind energy will you particularly focus on in 2024?

Investment conditions and permits will be key for the offshore wind build out in Sweden. We will closely follow the policy development for both offshore wind and grid. For the build out to start in Sweden, the dialogue between the wind industry and defense forces is crucial.