22 11, 2022

Acceleration of clean and just transition to renewable energy needed to meet COP27 agreements

By |November 22nd, 2022|OFFSHORE, REGULATORY, TOP NEWS|

The United Nations Climate Change Conference COP27 closed on November 20th with an agreement to provide “loss and damage” funding for vulnerable countries hit hard by climate disasters. “This outcome moves us forward” said Simon Stiell, UN Climate Change Executive Secretary. “We have determined a way forward on a decades-long conversation on funding for loss [...]

13 11, 2022

Linklaters: The wind of change for the Polish energy sector is blowing strongly from the Baltic Sea

By |November 13th, 2022|OFFSHORE, OPINIONS, POLAND, REGULATORY|

For Poland, the Baltic has always been a window to the world. Today, it is also an opportunity for Poland to become independent from coal-based energy through the development of offshore wind energy in the Polish exclusive economic zone. This new industry could become the flywheel of the Polish energy transition, so necessary today. Stable [...]

11 11, 2022

Baltic Sea Transmission System Operators prepare to manage risks on electricity adequacy

By |November 11th, 2022|DENMARK, ESTONIA, FINLAND, GERMANY, LATVIA, LITHUANIA, POLAND, REGULATORY, SWEDEN|

The leaders of the Baltic Sea electricity transmission system operators met in Helsinki on 2nd of November to discuss the energy crisis in Europe and the electricity adequacy of the region.  The transmission system operators of the Baltic Sea region actively cooperate and share information on the security and the electricity supply situation in the [...]

20 10, 2022

The Danish Energy Agency invites to a supplementary hearing regarding Hesselø Offshore Wind Farm

By |October 20th, 2022|DENMARK, OFFSHORE, PROJECTS, REGULATORY|

Supplementary 5-weeks public hearing on the sea-based part of the strategic environmental assessment (SEA) of the plan for Hesselø Offshore Wind Farm (OWF). The signatory parties of the Climate Agreement on green electricity and heat of 25 June 2022 have decided to move Hesselø Offshore Wind Farm to a more southern location (light-green area in the above [...]

19 10, 2022

OCEaN: Speed up offshore wind and grid development with robust and timely Maritime Spatial Planning

By |October 19th, 2022|OFFSHORE, REGULATORY|

At a joint conference on nature positive offshore energy infrastructure hosted by Renewables Grid Initiative (RGI) and WindEurope, the Offshore Coalition for Energy and Nature (OCEaN) confirmed that it is possible to speed up offshore wind and related electricity grid deployment while protecting and restoring nature. Offshore wind and related electricity grid infrastructure are imperative [...]

19 10, 2022

Swedish Wind Energy Association: In the Tidö Agreement, the government should ensure technology neutrality and a level playing field

By |October 19th, 2022|OFFSHORE, REGULATORY, SWEDEN|

On 14 October, Daniel Badman, VD/CEO of the Swedish Wind Energy Association (Svensk Vindenergi), commented on the Tidö Agreement presented by the Moderate Coalition Party (Moderaterna), Christian Democrats, Liberals and Sweden Democrats. The political agreement is the basis for a deal that allows the formation of a government after the September parliamentary elections.  According to [...]

17 10, 2022

BEMIP: Milestones for the BALTIC SEA offshore development – countries of the region are to agree capacity goals by January 2023

By |October 17th, 2022|OFFSHORE, REGULATORY, TOP NEWS|

Member states of the Baltic Sea region are supposed to agree their capacity goals for offshore renewable energy for 2030-2040-2050 by 24 January 2023 to enable the EU transmission operators’ network to devise a plan for the development of the strategic integrated offshore grid. The deadline is close, and the European Network of Transmission Operators [...]

2 09, 2022

Danish Energy Agency launches consultation on six more location applications under open-door program

By |September 2nd, 2022|DENMARK, OFFSHORE, PROJECTS, REGULATORY|

As of 4 April 2022, the Danish Energy Agency (Energistyrelsen) has received 47 applications within the framework of the so-called open-door program. 16 of them were rejected due to overlap with state land reservations. The agency has received a number of applications for very large projects (capacity of more than [...]

31 08, 2022

The Marienborg Declaration: Baltic Sea Countries declare more cooperation in offshore wind

By |August 31st, 2022|DENMARK, ESTONIA, FINLAND, GERMANY, LATVIA, LITHUANIA, OFFSHORE, POLAND, REGULATORY, SWEDEN|

On 30 August 2022 the Heads of Governments and Energy Ministers of the 8 countries around the Baltic Sea signed the Marienborg Declaration. They committed to new volumes for the build-out of offshore wind in the Baltic Sea and agreed to cooperate more closely on it and on energy more [...]

28 07, 2022

Latvian parliament approves regulations to improve RES development

By |July 28th, 2022|LATVIA, OFFSHORE, PROJECTS, REGULATORY|

On final reading on July 14, the Latvian Parliament approved amendments to the Energy Law and the Electricity Market Law prepared by the Ministry of Economics, contributing to strengthening Latvia’s energy security and independence. The new legislation will promote the development of RES, support energy efficiency and more active citizen [...]

25 07, 2022

Virginijus Sinkevičius: Eutrophication remains a major environmental threat to the Baltic Sea and affects the entire ecosystem

By |July 25th, 2022|EDITOR'S CHOICE, OPINIONS, REGULATORY, TOP NEWS|

Paweł Wróbel: The Nature Restoration Law will set restoration targets and obligations across a broad range of ecosystems at land and sea in the EU. How is this to work in practice for marine areas? Virginijus Sinkevičius, Commissioner for Environment, Oceans and Fisheries: The proposal includes targets on marine ecosystems. We will be looking [...]

15 07, 2022

WindEurope: Negative bidding in German offshore wind law threatens supply chain

By |July 15th, 2022|GERMANY, OPINIONS, REGULATORY, TOP NEWS|

The German Parliament has adopted a new Offshore Wind Law (WindSeeG). It makes important changes to the design of Germany’s offshore wind auctions. It established two different types of auctions, one of which involves negative bidding with no caps on the amounts developers bid. This is bad: uncapped negative bidding means additional costs for electricity [...]

27 06, 2022

Giles Dickson: Biodiversity and renewables go hand in hand

By |June 27th, 2022|OPINIONS, REGULATORY, TOP NEWS|

The European Commission has published its Nature Protection Package.  The package implements the EU 2030 Biodiversity Strategy, part of the European Green Deal.  It’s also supporting the REPowerEU Action Plan, the measures to reduce Europe’s dependence on Russian fossil fuels and accelerate the growth of renewables, which the Commission presented on 18 May.  The expansion [...]

25 05, 2022

Estonia to start processing 20 applications for permits to build offshore wind farms

By |May 25th, 2022|ESTONIA, OFFSHORE, REGULATORY|

The Estonian Consumer Protection and Technical Regulatory Authority (TTJA) has announced that it will start the procedure of analyzing applications for construction permits for 20 offshore wind farms. On May 12, the Estonian government passed the Estonian Maritime Spatial Plan, which gives TTJA the opportunity to carry out procedures for [...]

16 05, 2022

125 applications for concessions for offshore wind farms in new areas in Poland

By |May 16th, 2022|OFFSHORE, POLAND, REGULATORY|

The Polish Ministry of Infrastructure has launched further administrative procedures for granting concessions for new offshore wind sites in the Polish Baltic Sea in 2022. There are 11 proceedings in total. The Minister of Infrastructure Marek Gróbarczyk informed that so far 125 applications have been received for licenses for offshore [...]

7 04, 2022

Sweden accelerates wind energy development – the government presents a package of solutions

By |April 7th, 2022|OFFSHORE, REGULATORY, SWEDEN|

The Swedish government has presented a package of solutions for accelerating the development of wind energy. Wind turbines for Sweden are intended to be a source of cheap and green electricity. The package consists of four decisions aimed at meeting increased electricity demand and strengthening Sweden’s energy security through wind [...]

25 03, 2022

Latvia will increase energy independence, less bureaucracy for wind projects is predicted

By |March 25th, 2022|LATVIA, OFFSHORE, REGULATORY|

Latvia plans to implement new regulations that will accelerate the pace of development of wind farm projects. The government’s plans were announced by the Minister of Environmental Protection and Regional Development, Artūrs Toms Plešs, during a press briefing on March 21. A special law will be drafted for this purpose. [...]

21 03, 2022

WWF: Baltic countries lead EU for sustainable sea space management, but still put nature at risk

By |March 21st, 2022|OFFSHORE, REGULATORY|

Baltic countries’ plans to sustainably manage human activities at sea lack harmony across borders, and measures to restore and protect ecosystems are inadequate – that’s the conclusion of WWF’s Baltic Ecoregion Programme, which has evaluated Baltic EU Member States’ Maritime Spatial Planning (MSP) strategies for sustainably managing marine areas and [...]

9 03, 2022

Development of offshore wind sector could help RePowerEU plan

By |March 9th, 2022|OFFSHORE, REGULATORY|

The war in Ukraine, caused by Russia’s attack, has shown how damaging the toxic relationship between Europe and Russia is in the energy sector. The answer is REPowerEU – European Commission’s plan to make Europe independent from Russian fossil fuels by 2030. One of the pillars of action is RES investments. Offshore wind development, including [...]

16 02, 2022

Morten Petersen: The offshore renewables strategy will help to fulfill large CO2 reductions

By |February 16th, 2022|OPINIONS, REGULATORY, TOP NEWS|

During the February 2022 plenary session, Parliament voted on an own-initiative report on the EU offshore renewable energy strategy, as prepared and adopted by the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy. This constitutes Parliament’s response to the Commission’s strategy paper on the subject, adopted in November 2020 as part of [...]

8 02, 2022

Support scheme and concept for the 2nd offshore wind project – the Lithuanian Ministry of Energy targets for 2022

By |February 8th, 2022|LITHUANIA, OPINIONS, REGULATORY|

Lithuania, as one of the Baltic countries, wants to use the opportunities of offshore wind energy development. The first offshore wind farm will be built by 2030, while renewables auction for the first offshore wind farm is planned for 2023. Offshore wind could cover up to a quarter of the energy consumed in the [...]

4 02, 2022

A thaw coming in Germany’s offshore wind energy? Several questions remain unanswered

By |February 4th, 2022|GERMANY, OFFSHORE, REGULATORY|

In January 2022, the Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK) presented first concrete plans at a meeting with representatives of the offshore wind industry. Managing Director of the industry organization BWO, Stefan Thimm, comments that this is a positive development, that the industry did not dare to [...]

22 12, 2021

New State Aid Guidelines allow technology-specific auctions, endorse Contracts for Difference to deploy more wind

By |December 22nd, 2021|OFFSHORE, REGULATORY|

Today the European Commission published its new EU Guidelines on State Aid for Climate, Environmental Protection and Energy. The new Guidelines allow National Governments to hold technology specific auctions and endorse revenue stabilisation mechanisms notably 2-sided CfDs. These are pre-conditions for the accelerated deployment of wind energy towards climate neutrality. [...]

3 12, 2021

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

By |December 3rd, 2021|OFFSHORE, OPINIONS, REGULATORY, TOP NEWS|

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 [...]

1 12, 2021

MEPs set out recommendations for speeding up the deployment of offshore wind

By |December 1st, 2021|OFFSHORE, REGULATORY, TOP NEWS|

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 in response to a European Commission communication stresses that meeting the 2030 and 2050 targets require speeding up the deployment of offshore renewable energy (ORE), but a [...]

17 11, 2021

WindEurope: Lithuanian offshore auction design proposals jeopardise the low-cost delivery of projects

By |November 17th, 2021|LITHUANIA, OFFSHORE, OPINIONS, REGULATORY|

Lithuania is preparing its regulatory framework for the development of offshore wind in its waters. And new proposed auction rules have recently emerged in the Lithuanian Parliament which will jeopardise the delivery of projects at the lowest cost for society – WindEurope indicates in the press release. […]

29 09, 2021

Wind Denmark calls for green energy policy plan

By |September 29th, 2021|DENMARK, OFFSHORE, REGULATORY|

Danish wind energy association Wind Denmark presented a series of proposals to accelerate the expansion of wind and solar power at the Vindtræf 2021 industry conference. Denmark needs huge amounts of energy from RES to meet its growing electricity demand by 2030. "Wind Denmark estimates that 70-110 billion kWh of electricity will be needed in [...]

4 08, 2021

Newsroom: WindEurope’s response to the EC’s consultation on the new Guidelines on State aid for climate

By |August 4th, 2021|OFFSHORE, REGULATORY, TOP NEWS|

The EU’s climate neutrality requires 1,300 GW of wind power by 2050 and a doubling of the annual wind energy installation rates. EU State aid rules are key to creating the conditions for a cost-effective transition to a climate neutral economy. This consultation response outlines the recommendations of the European [...]

21 07, 2021

Newsroom: A strong result and a development drives the transition for Vattenfall

By |July 21st, 2021|OFFSHORE, REGULATORY, SWEDEN|

Vattenfall’s President and CEO Anna Borg comments on the interim report for January-June 2021. “Achieving our goal of enabling fossil-free living within one generation requires that we cooperate with customers and other partners – also outside of the energy sector. Partnerships therefore have a central role in Vattenfall’s strategy”, says [...]

16 07, 2021

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

By |July 16th, 2021|OFFSHORE, REGULATORY, TOP NEWS|

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 [...]

14 07, 2021

Newsroom: The EU Commission wants 30 GW a year of new wind up to 2030

By |July 14th, 2021|OFFSHORE, REGULATORY, TOP NEWS|

Today the European Commission has tabled the Fit-for-55 package, a series of legislative proposals to deliver the EU’s increased climate target of 55% emissions reduction by 2030. The package includes a higher renewables target and new rules to support the expansion of renewables. It further strengthens the Emissions Trading System to drive the electrification [...]

30 06, 2021

WindEurope: Decision to extend EU steel safeguard will worsen pressure on costs

By |June 30th, 2021|OFFSHORE, REGULATORY|

The European Commission has officially extended the steel safeguard measures for a further three years. The decision will add to cost pressures for wind turbine and component manufacturers. The steel safeguard measures impact two categories of importance to the European wind industry: heavy plate (category 7), used in the fabrication of steel wind towers, [...]

28 06, 2021

HVDC multi-terminal networks and their technological integration are the key to offshore wind development

By |June 28th, 2021|OFFSHORE, PROJECTS, REGULATORY|

ENTSO-E, T&D Europe and WindEurope have published a joint report on the development of HVDC systems in the context of offshore wind energy. Technical problems in integrating a large number of, for example, converter stations from different suppliers are a challenge. It is crucial to ensure the interoperability of technologies. At the beginning, it [...]

24 06, 2021

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

By |June 24th, 2021|OFFSHORE, REGULATORY|

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 [...]

21 06, 2021

Virginijus Sinkevičius: EU has the most ambitious offshore renewables target worldwide

By |June 21st, 2021|INTERVIEW, OPINIONS, REGULATORY, TOP NEWS|

European Commission has adopted new approach for a sustainable blue economy in the EU. We ask Virginijus Sinkevičius, EU Commissioner for Environment, Oceans and Fisheries about the role of offshore wind as well as how to coordinate renewables development in the Baltic Sea region while taking into account environmental protection. What are the main challenges facing Europe's [...]

18 06, 2021

Offshore wind sector in Estonia with low environmental impact, there are concerns about noise and fish

By |June 18th, 2021|ESTONIA, OFFSHORE, REGULATORY|

In the pages of the Estonian ERR website, Juhan Hellerma writes about development plans for offshore wind energy in Estonia. It turns out that the expected environmental impact of marine installations may be much lower than originally predicted. The Estonian land use plan designates three sea areas for the development of offshore wind farms. [...]

14 06, 2021

Newsroom: EU Council revision of TEN-E Regulation adds a new focus on offshore electricity grids

By |June 14th, 2021|OFFSHORE, REGULATORY|

On Friday, the European Council reached a general approach on the revision of the Trans-European Networks for Energy (TEN-E) Regulation. The objective of the revised TEN-E regulation is to modernise, decarbonise and interconnect the EU’s cross-border energy infrastructure in order to help the EU achieve its 2050 climate neutrality objectives. The revised Regulation also [...]

4 06, 2021

Political agreement on new rules for offshore wind in Denmark

By |June 4th, 2021|BY COUNTRY, DENMARK, OFFSHORE, REGULATORY|

The Danish government, together with the majority in the Parliament have agreed to strengthen the role of local influence on coastal green energy projects development such as offshore wind. According to Wind Denmark, it may stop the possibility of market-driven offshore wind development and leaves the question of how Denmark will secure enough green [...]

2 06, 2021

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

By |June 2nd, 2021|OFFSHORE, REGULATORY|

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 [...]

30 05, 2021

Morten Petersen: We need to shift up a gear in the deployment of offshore wind

By |May 30th, 2021|DENMARK, OPINIONS, REGULATORY, TOP NEWS|

The European Union has adopted an offshore wind energy development strategy. What are the biggest challenges facing this industry? Where is the place of the Baltic Sea on the offshore wind map? How does Denmark perceive this region in the context of the development of offshore energy? We are talking to Morten Petersen, Member [...]

28 05, 2021

Lithuania is preparing special plans for the development of offshore wind installations in the Baltic Sea

By |May 28th, 2021|LITHUANIA, OFFSHORE, REGULATORY|

The consulting company UAB Ardynas, commissioned by the Lithuanian Ministry of Energy, will prepare a plan for some areas in the Baltic Sea where offshore wind farms are to be built. Lithuania has already preliminarily identified places where wind farms will be built in the Baltic Sea. In March 2021, the tender for a [...]

27 05, 2021

The European Commission has approved a renewable energy support program in Denmark

By |May 27th, 2021|DENMARK, OFFSHORE, REGULATORY|

The European Commission approved the Danish support scheme for the development of renewable energy sources, in particular onshore and offshore wind farms, hydropower plants and photovoltaic installations. In this way, the Danes will accelerate the development of the renewable energy sector. State aid will be granted through auctions to be carried out in the [...]

26 05, 2021

The Polish regulator issued important decisions as part of the first phase of offshore wind support

By |May 26th, 2021|OFFSHORE, POLAND, REGULATORY|

In just a few years, Poland will join the countries producing electricity in offshore wind farms. For this purpose, the necessary regulations have been created that provide support for projects in the Baltic Sea. The Polish energy market regulator has already made important decisions as part of the first phase of support for offshore [...]

24 05, 2021

European TSOs launch Eurobar Initiative for Standardised Offshore Grids

By |May 24th, 2021|OFFSHORE, REGULATORY|

Seven European transmission system operators have signed a Memorandum of Understanding for the launch of Eurobar, an initiative for interconnecting offshore wind platforms across Europe. The aim of Eurobar is to efficiently and securely integrate offshore wind power into the European power grid, starting from current regulation and projects (e.g. point-to-point connections) and prospectively evolving [...]

21 05, 2021

UE greenlights Polish offshore wind support scheme

By |May 21st, 2021|OFFSHORE, REGULATORY, TOP NEWS|

The European  Commission approves €22.5 billion Polish scheme to support offshore wind farms. Executive Vice-President Margrethe Vestager, in charge of competition policy, said: “This Polish scheme is a very good example of how competition policy can enable Member States to support green energy projects, such as offshore wind farms. It gives the incentive to companies [...]

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