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2018 10 29 horns rev 3 ørstedHorns Rev 3. Photo: Vattenfall. 

As many as ten ministers of energy from the countries bordering the North Sea, and one EU commissioner, will be meeting in Esbjerg in 2019 to discuss how the North Sea can fulfill its potential and become the next Silicon Valley of offshore wind energy. 

Esbjerg will be the hosting city for the meeting of ministers as part of the North Sea Collaboration presided by the Danish Ministry of Energy, Utilities and Climate.

The potential is great; the forward-looking collaboration between the ten countries will be able to secure Europe’s green energy supply in the future. Before 2030, it is expected that 100 GW offshore wind can be installed in the countries around the North Sea, the equivalent of the electric energy consumption of 100 million households.

Danish Minister Looking Forward to Showcase the North Sea Potential
Denmark’s Minister of Energy, Utilities and Climate, Lars Chr. Lilleholt, is excited to meet with his European minister colleagues in Esbjerg:

”The North Sea is set to be the new Silicon Valley for offshore wind. That is the joint political ambition shared by the countries bordering the North Sea – an ambition we will come closer to fulfill with the North Sea Collaboration. I look forward to showing my European colleagues the great potential that exists for further collaboration on offshore wind in the North Sea when we meet in Denmark’s Energy Metropolis in 2019. “

An Important Step Towards a New Golden Age for Energy
Key players of the energy industry show great enthusiasm before the meeting of ministers in Esbjerg.

”The offshore wind industry has rapidly developed and halved its costs in just a few years. What we see now is the new golden age of energy with the North Sea being able to supply millions with green energy and lots of jobs. That calls for close collaboration and coordination among the countries when it comes to standards, regulation and expansion plans. This meeting is an important step on the way”, says CEO of Ørsted, Henrik Poulsen.

CEO of Vattenfall, Magnus Hall, also sees the meeting of ministers as an opportunity for closer collaboration and to fulfill the potential of the North Sea:

”The North Sea has the potential to contribute to a fossil-free future for the populations of Europe. Already now, offshore wind is a competitive source of energy creating lots of jobs around the North Sea. We believe it will become a corner stone to the green energy supply of the future. However, to fulfill the potential of the North Sea, big investments are called for. Those investments need to stand on a solid foundation that is a closer collaboration among the countries”, says Magnus Hall.

In addition to the meeting of the ten ministers of energy and the EU commissioner, a summit will be held with the Silicon Valley vision as a theme. Visits to relevant companies in Esbjerg will be organised, including Esbjerg Harbour, world leading installation harbour for offshore wind energy.

EnergyMetropolis Esbjerg on the Map
”As part of the Steering Committee, we are proud that Esbjerg was chosen as host city. It gives us the opportunity to showcase our outstanding harbour and facilities and will influence the creation of the framework for developing the North Sea into a Silicon Valley of offshore wind”, says Susanne Nordenbæk, CEO of Business Development Esbjerg.

A steering committee consisting of the Danish Ministry of Energy, Utilities and Climate, Business Development Esbjerg, and the event secretariat of the Municipality of Esbjerg will be organising the meeting of ministers. Additionally, various industry organisations will take part in coordinating and organising the conference.

Facts about the North Sea Collaboration
The North Sea Collaboration is a collaboration on offshore wind in the North Sea between Belgium, The Netherlands, Luxembourg, Ireland, Great Britain, France, Norway, Sweden, Germany and Denmark with participation of the European Commission.

The purpose of the North Sea Collaboration is to bring down costs of offshore wind expansion and to develop a European market for offshore wind. The initiatives aim to:

• Standardise and align regulation and requirements for wind turbines.
• Coordinate timing for RFPs and develop best practice for design of RFPs.
• Further economies of scale.
• Share the latest knowledge on how wind energy can be established in the most cost-efficient way.

Facts about the Steering Committee
The Steering Committee is responsible for coordinating and organising the upcoming meeting of ministers in Esbjerg and additional activities during the meeting. Simultaneously with the meeting of ministers, a conference will be held focusing on the North Sea as a Silicon Valley for wind offshore wind and visits to key players within the wind industry.

The Danish Ministry of Energy, Utilities and Climate is responsible for national and international efforts to prevent climate change, as well as energy issues, national geological surveys in Denmark and Greenland, meteorology and buildings. is the national cluster organisation and innovation network for the Danish offshore industry.