Final conference

Final Conference: Integrated Offshore Grid Solutions in the North Sea

2015-03-12 11:00 - 12:30
Final conference
Copenhagen, Denmark
Nicole Versijp, DG Energy, European Commission; Paul Wilczek, EWEA; Jan Hensmans, NSCOGI; Andreas Wagner, Stiftung Offshore Windenergie;
Pieter Joseph, 3E


Date: 12 March 2015, 11h00 to 12h30
Location: EWEA OFFSHORE 2015, Copenhagen
Bella Sky Hotel, meeting room 178
Agenda: please click here

Integrated offshore grid solutions combine cross-border electricity transmission lines with offshore wind farm connections. In the context of the EU-funded NorthSeaGrid project, costs and benefits of such integrated solutions have been quantified for 3 cases: the German bight, UK-Benelux and UK-Norway.

At the final conference, the main project results were presented and discussed with key stakeholders. The study showed that for these three cases, an integrated approach is more beneficial than an uncoordinated one where transmission lines and offshore wind farm connections would not be planned separately. However, costs and benefits are distributed asymmetrically between participating countries and stakeholders. Therefore, different cost-benefit allocation mechanisms have been examined, which could be the basis for bilateral or trilateral talks between affected countries.