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17 October 2018

Baltic InteGrid project results presented at 4th meeting of the BEMIP Renewable Energy Working Group

Copyright: WindEnergy Hamburg

 

Baltic InteGrid was invited to present the results of the project at the 4th Renewable Energy Working Group meeting of BEMIP, the European Commission’s Baltic Energy Market Integration Plan, at the Global Wind Summit in Hamburg on 27 September.

The stakeholders’ dialogue was kicked off with a presentation on the interdisciplinary opportunities and obstacles towards a meshed grid by Anika Nicolaas Ponder and Bénédicte Martin of IKEM, lead partner of the Baltic InteGrid, emphasizing that the socio-economic and systemic benefits of a meshed offshore grid are significant. The Baltic InteGrid’s presentation ended with a call for action for policy-makers at national and EU level to work towards the adoption of a suitable regulatory framework for integrated grid solutions, further transnational coordination and collaboration in the sphere of policy, environment, grid and maritime spatial planning, and to alleviate some of the complexity around transnational offshore grid projects by offering guiding regulatory framework or master contracts for investors.

Representatives from key players like Ørsted and Vattenfall drew attention to the rapidly falling costs of offshore wind energy and the potential this offers for the Baltic Sea region. Baltic InteGrid consortium is excited to continue to shape the energy system of the Baltic Sea region to be more integrated, sustainable and environmentally-friendly by bringing in their perspective in transnational consultations like the BEMIP process or the Ten Year Network Development Plan (TYNDP).