Political focus: Europe’s offshore energy strategy

Europe is surrounded by water: the north, the Mediterranean, the Baltic and Black Seas, and the Atlantic. Offshore renewable energy is also more than just wind farms and includes tidal and wave power, floating solar panels and algae biofuels.

But what role can renewable offshore energies play in the future in securing the EU’s energy supply and helping the Union to achieve its ambitious climate targets?

As early as August, we asked MPs who are working on the INI report of the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE) on renewable offshore energies to comment on a special article in the parliamentary magazine.

Before the plenary discussion and vote on the report, which is scheduled for January 2022, here is our report on renewable offshore energy with three Danish MEPs; Rapporteur Morten Petersen and two shadows, Pernille Weiss and Niels Fuglsang.


Photo credit: Giancarlo Rocconi

According to rapporteur Morten Petersen, the EU needs a strategy to fill the sails of offshore energy production. “Maximizing wind and wave power will be vital in making the green transition a reality,” he said in August, adding that “an EU offshore renewable strategy will help make this happen”.

The Vice-Chair of the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE) informed us that he fully supports the Commission’s proposal to increase renewable energy capacities to over 60 GW by 2030 in order to be a clean, cheap and stable energy source Basis for the green transition.

However, this is easier said than done, he warned. “In order to be able to roll out the required renewable energy capacity successfully, the supply of renewable offshore energies should be integrated into all relevant EU legislation,” he explained.

Petersen added: “The current rate of development is not fast enough. If we want to achieve our goals, we have to use the advantages of offshore wind even more. “

Read Morten Petersen’s full article here.

Photo credit: European Audiovisual Parliament, photo by Eric Vidal

The second of our three Danish MPs on renewable offshore energy, Pernille Weiss, argued that offshore resources should not only be considered for use in coastal countries.

Europe is plentifully equipped with the potential for offshore power generation, but the power must be able to flow across the entire continent.

“Electricity from turbines rotating in Poland, Greece or Denmark should be accessible to landlocked countries like Slovakia or Austria. This is essential if all of Europe is to benefit from the offshore strategy, ”she told Parliament Magazine.

Weiss reminded our readers that one of the great things about wind power is that the technology behind it is already proven. “We have no excuse not to use this as a tool in the green transition.”

Read the full article by Pernille Weiss here.

Photo credit: Audiovisual European Parliament

Europe has the renewable energy sources to be a world leader – but first it must have the infrastructure to support its rollout, explained Niels Fuglsang in our offshore energy feature in August.

The member of the Danish Committee for Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE) said that the European Commission’s proposals for an offshore energy strategy with a target of at least 60 GW for offshore energy in 2030 and 340 GW in 2050 are a significant increase compared to the 12 GW would represent offshore wind, which is currently used.

However, he warned that EU member states must work together to plan and lay the power lines that can ensure the efficient take-up of new offshore resources.

“We should already plan the energy ports that will absorb the offshore energy and distribute it to the rest of Europe,” said Fuglsang to the parliamentary magazine and added, “To this end, the member states must also meet their delivery obligations.” Energy production. “

Read the full article by Niels Fuglsang here.

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