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Ecofys presents on offshore wind support schemes at North Seas Countries Energy Cooperation working group

Published: 27/04/2017

This week, Fabian Wigand and Silvana Tiedemann of Ecofys, a Navigant company, were invited to present to the European Commission and EU Member States at the North Seas Countries Energy Cooperation Support Group in Brussels.

In their presentation to the Support Group on Support Framework and Finance, the energy experts highlighted how EU Member States address challenges in the development of offshore wind and how they could further join efforts to tackle these challenges. Their presentation showed how, in times of remarkable price decreases in offshore wind, a more integrated and coordinated approach to European offshore wind support could create a more sustainable European offshore market with reduced risks and better site and grid development.

The development of an offshore grid linking the ten countries in the North Seas region (Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and the United Kingdom) is a long-standing energy policy priority for the EU.

Ecofys provides leading expertise on designing, evaluating and participating in renewable energy auctions. The team has been supporting the German, Danish and Luxembourg governments, the Nordic Council, IRENA, utilities and the GIZ and USAID on renewable energy auctions and is part of the EU-funded AURES research project on renewable energy auctions.

Navigant and Ecofys also have a long track record in advising leading utilities and working with many of the stakeholders involved in the development of an energy infrastructure in the North Seas. Find additional insights in the recent white papers "The North Sea As A Hub For Renewable Energy, Sustainable Economies, And Biodiversity" and “A Potential North Sea Grid Powerhouse”.