EU’s offshore renewable energy strategy taking shape

(EurActiv, 28 Sep 2020) The European Commission is preparing a strategy to harness the various forms of energy that the oceans and seas can provide, including from wind, waves and tides.

The Commission had initially aimed to publish its strategy in mid-October but this has now been pushed back until “later in the year,” EURACTIV understands.

However, the roadmap accompanying the Commission’s public consultation, which closed on Thursday (24 September), leaves little doubt about its intentions: the EU executive wants to leverage “the huge potential of offshore renewable energy deployment” in the North Sea,  the Baltic Sea, the Black Sea, the Mediterranean as well as the Atlantic Ocean.

Germany, which currently holds the EU’s six-month rotating presidency, is particularly keen to develop offshore wind energy, which is by far the biggest offshore renewable energy player at present. Last year, Berlin unveiled plans to jolt its stalled wind energy sector with an offshore development roadmap.

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