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05 July 2017

BEMIP: 2nd Meeting of the Renewable Energy Working Group

Copyright: European Union/Etienne Ansotte

The Baltic InteGrid project was  invited to attend the second meeting of the Renewable Energy Working Group of the Baltic Energy Market Integration Plan (BEMIP)  in Brussels on the 5 July 2017 along with the BEMIP Member States (Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Sweden), Norway, the European Commission, and other stakeholders.

In the first part of the meeting, Members of the Directorate General for Energy, Renewables and Carbon Capture and Storage Policy Unit of the European Commission presented the work of BEMIP and the current developments of the Clean Energy Package. Particular emphasis was put on the significance of the integration of the electricity networks and the further development of offshore wind in the Baltic Sea Region.

In the second part of the meeting, the project coordinator of Baltic InteGrid, Anika Nicolaas Ponder presented the project’s concept and multidisciplinary research conducted so far. Francesca Klein, who is working in the group of activity 3.1. Policy and Regulation as a legal researcher presented the legal data on the BSR countries which has been compiled in country reports. The BEMIP Members showed great interest in the results and synergies with the work of the EU Commission was discussed.

Stakeholders from the wind power industry emphasized the high potential of offshore wind energy generation in the Baltic Sea due to its strong winds, shallow waters and less populated shores than in the North Sea. The costs reductions in the sector can be traced back to reliable project pipelines, technological progress, the increasing the scale of projects and integrating lessons learnt. The Danish procedure is of particular interest due to its one-stop-shop procedure and strong involvement of project developers in the consultation on tender requirements.

Overall it was agreed that the future of offshore wind and grid interconnection in the Baltic Sea Region is very promising. Thus, the meeting was a great networking opportunity for policy-makers, researchers, and industry to discuss synergies and pave the way for future cooperation. The Baltic InteGrid partners will be actively pursuing to further contribute to the discussions and take the input of the Working Group into account for the project’s objectives.