Ten European countries in Brussels signed on December 4th a cooperation agreement to create a network of wind power in the North Sea, the Channel, the Irish Sea and Celtic at the margins of the Council of European Ministers of Energy.
Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Holland, Luxembourg, France, United Kingdom, Ireland, Norway and Belgium will now cooperate to interconnect this network that covers an area of 760,000 square kilometers.
“This memorandum is an important step in the rise of renewable energy,” recalled the Belgian presidency of the EU shift in a statement, in which he recalled that the capacity of the Twenty-energy offshore is greater than oil in the Middle East.
These ten countries now work together in coordinating investments to develop interconnections and attempt to resolve the technical and administrative difficulties presented by the wind project.
Have organized three working groups, comprising representatives of governments, regulators, transmission system operators and the EC, who will report progress twice a year to the Energy Ministers of the EU.
Belgian Energy Minister Paul Magnette, behind the project said today “indispensable” to secure investments to develop interconnections.
The European Association of Wind Energy Association (EWEA) considered the agreement “an essential step to create a grid offshore critical to the development of a single European market for energy.”
The Belgian Presidency is estimated that the establishment of this network could be created between 2020 and 2030 as 150,000 jobs and an installed capacity of 150 GW in 2030, producing 563 TWh, equivalent to 16% of electricity consumption in Europe. A figure in 2050 could rise to 46%.
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