As a wrap-up to the end of the year, we present our most read news on offshore wind development in the Baltic Sea region in 2023. The following overview shows how much is happening in the sector – both in projects and the regulatory and political framework. We encourage you to read again top 15 most read news in 2023:
1. “Delivering on the EU offshore renewable energy ambitions” adopted as a part of European Wind Package
The European Commission has unveiled a communication, “Delivering on the EU offshore renewable energy ambitions,” which is a pivotal part of the European Wind Package adopted on October 24, 2023. This communication represents a significant leap forward in the journey toward a more sustainable and renewable energy landscape for the European Union.
2. “100 Questions for Ocean Winds” – experts answer questions from potential suppliers
Following the ‘Suppliers Day’ for the BC-Wind project, held on 13 September in Gdansk, we are publishing Ocean Winds’ experts’ responses to questions raised by potential suppliers to the offshore industry.
3. TELE-FONIKA Kable and JDR to supply subsea and land cables to the Baltic Power
TELE-FONIKA Kable (TFK) a global supplier of wire and cable systems for the renewable energy sector, alongside JDR Cable Systems (JDR), the global subsea cable and umbilical supplier, have been awarded a contract with ORLEN Group and Northland Power for the Baltic Power wind farm in Poland. Together with partners NKT and DEME Offshore, they will design, manufacture, and install 340km of land and subsea cables – enabling the project to provide clean electricity to more than 1.5 million households in Poland.
4. PGE and Ørsted selected a contractor for certification of Baltica 2
PGE Group and Ørsted signed a contract with DNV for certification of components of the offshore wind farm. This year, DNV was officially authorized by the Polish Ministry of Infrastructure to certify offshore wind farms.
5. Offshore electricity grids among 166 cross-border energy projects for EU support to help deliver the European Green Deal
On 28th November, the Commission informed that is taking another step to make the EU’s energy system fit for the future by adopting the first list of Projects of Common Interest (PCIs) and Projects of Mutual Interest (PMIs) that is fully in line with the European Green Deal. These key cross-border infrastructure projects will help the EU reach its ambitious energy and climate goals. The projects will benefit from streamlined permitting and regulatory procedures, and become eligible for EU financial support from the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF).
6. The 2nd edition of the largest educational trade fair EDU OFFSHORE WIND coming on 5-6 March 2024
Preparations for the 2nd edition of Poland’s largest educational career fair in the offshore renewable energy, and related sectors taking part in the climate transformation, have begun. The date of the event is already known – the 2nd edition of EDU OFFSHORE WIND will take place on March 5-6, 2024 in Gdansk. The event is accompanied by the slogan “We shareour passion for green energy with the youth!”. BalticWind.EU is a strategic media partner of the event.
7. Environmental Protection Agency in Lithuania approved EIA for the second offshore wind farm
As Lithuania seeks to develop offshore wind farms in the Baltic Sea and reduce the country’s dependence on electricity import, the Environmental Protection Agency has approved the environmental impact assessment (EIA) report on the offshore wind farm commissioned by the Ministry of Energy. The tender to select the developer of the 700 megawatt (MW) wind farm is scheduled to be launched on 15 January next year.
8. Van Oord to transport and install foundations for Baltic Power project
Van Oord has been awarded two new offshore wind projects: Baltic Power in the Baltic Sea and Greater Changhua 2b and 4 in Taiwan. The contracts have a combined value of more than EUR 500 million. Once operational, the two offshore wind farms will deliver renewable energy to approximately 2.5 million households.
9. Future of cPPA contracts from Offshore Wind Farms: Unlocking the potential
European market for corporate Power Purchase Agreements (cPPA) with offshore wind farms is experiencing substantial growth, with notable contracts being signed by large energy consumers in the years 2022 and 2023 like Google, Amazon, Mercedes Benz or Umicore. Recognizing this evolving market and the immense potential of cPPAs in the offshore wind sector, RE-Source Poland Hub, with support of BalticWind.EU, hosted a thought-provoking debate during the PWEA annual conference in Serock, Poland on 22 June.
10. Lack of ambition and attention risks making electricity grids the weak link in clean energy transitions
First-of-its-kind global study finds the world must add or replace 80 million km of grids by 2040, equal to all grids globally today, to meet national climate targets and support energy security
11. PGE with Ministry of Infrastructure’s decisions on granting permits under Phase II offshore
Polska Grupa Energetyczna announced that the Ministry of Infrastructure has issued decisions on granting permits for the erection of artificial islands, structures and equipment in Polish maritime areas for projects involving the construction of offshore wind farms. The decision concerns, among other things, areas in the Baltic Sea applied for in adjudication proceedings by the PGE Group.
12. Baltic Sea Cable Damage Underscores the Urgent Need to Secure Critical Energy Infrastructure
The recent incidents involving damaged underwater telecommunication cables between Sweden and Estonia, and gas pipeline leaks in the Baltic Sea, serve as stark reminders of the vulnerability of critical energy infrastructure in the region. As reported by Politico and Swedish public television company – Sveriges Television (SVT), these incidents, which are suspected to be the result of external activity, have raised concerns about the security of vital infrastructure, especially as the development of offshore wind farms in the Baltic Sea gains momentum.
13. “Net-Zero Industry: Challenges and Innovations in EU’s Offshore Wind Industry”
On 19th of October, a pivotal webinar titled “On the road to Net Zero Industry – key technologies for offshore wind” took place, shedding light on the intricate landscape of Europe’s offshore wind sector. This event was organised by BalticWind.EU in collaboration with Sensoria, bringing together industry luminaries to explore the myriad of challenges and innovative solutions shaping the future of the offshore wind energy sector in the European Union.
14.Kamil Kobyliński: There’s no hydrogen without offshore, TotalEnergies is ready to invest in Polish offshore and hydrogen
Green hydrogen is essential for Poland’s energy transition, argued Kamil Kobyliński of TotalEnergies Poland during the annual PWEA conference. BalticWind.EU was a media partner of the event.
15.Ocean Winds and Ignitis Renewables to build the first offshore wind project in Lithuania
Ignitis Renewables, an international green energy company, together with its strategic partner, Ocean Winds, will develop the first offshore wind project in Lithuania. This was announced by the National Energy Regulatory Council (NERC) after it finished the screening of the provisional winners regarding their compliance with national security interests.