Ministers responsible for energy in Poland, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Lithuania, Estonia and Latvia, along with European energy commissioner Kadri Simson, on 30 September 2020 signed the Baltic Sea Offshore Wind Declaration. This outlines a commitment to the expansion of offshore wind energy in the Baltic Sea and taking a cue from the success of cooperation in the North Sea.
Signatories intend to foster collaboration in the framework of the European Union’s Baltic energy market interconnection plan (BEMIP), which aims to achieve an open and integrated regional electricity and gas market between EU countries in the Baltic Sea region. They are seeking to coordinate efforts in areas ranging from maritime spatial planning to grid development and support mechanisms, and facilitate the development of hybrid projects, such as offshore wind farms that power two or three countries.
The first fruit from the declaration is expected to be seen in spring 2021, when the BEMIP high-level group is due to adopt a work programme for offshore-wind development in the region, taking into account both national policies set out in energy and climate plans as well as EU policy developments.
Click here to read the full story in the November 2020 Baltic Sea Offshore report