Hard on the heels of the EU parliament's adoption of Europe's EUR 5 billion Economic Recovery Plan and its EUR 565 million allocation to offshore wind power last month, the EU Commission launched a call for proposals for sharing out the funds. Offshore wind projects eligible for funding are: a joint interconnection for the three-part Kriegers Flak project in the Baltic Sea, which could receive EUR 150 million; modular development of an offshore grid (EUR 165 million); a new generation of turbines rated at 5-7 MW for use far from shore in waters up to 40 metres deep (EUR 200 million); a test site for multi-megawatt turbines in Scottish waters off Aberdeen (EUR 40 million); and upscaling at the Thornton Bank wind farm off Belgium (EUR 10 million). The offshore allocation comes from EUR 3.98 billion for energy projects, including EUR 910 million for interconnecting Europe's power grids and initiating the first stage of an offshore electricity "supergrid" to accommodate wind generation. "By including offshore wind and electricity grids in the plan, EU decision-makers have chosen the right areas to make a real difference long term," says the European Wind Energy Association's Christian Kjaer.
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