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08 November 2017
Project Video: Kriegers Flak Combined Grid Solution

The German TSO 50Hertz and the Danish TSO Energinet have now released an info video about the Kriegers Flak Combined Grid Solution, the world’s first offshore interconnector that will use national grid connections to offshore wind farms in order to connect two countries.

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26 October 2017
Iberdrola successfully installs all 70 wind turbines at the Wiking offshore wind farm

Iberdrola has announced that it has successfully completed the construction of all 70 wind turbines at the Wikinger offshore wind farm in the German Baltic Sea. The wind turbines of type AD 5-135 were installed by Adwen and Fred. Olsen Windcarrier.

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28 September 2017
The Baltic Sea Declaration – for the development of an offshore wind energy market

In the margin of the EUFORES 17th Inter-Parliamentary Meeting on Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency in Tallinn, WindEurope and the national wind energy associations from Estonia, Denmark, Finland, Sweden, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and the German Offshore Wind Energy Foundation have signed the Baltic Sea Declaration.

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21 September 2017
Halftime of the Baltic InteGrid Project

The Baltic InteGrid project reached an important milestone: September marked the end of the first half of the three-year funding period. Since March 2016, the project has organised a series of events, namely a Kick-off and a First Results Conference, Thematic Working Group Seminars on maritime spatial planning, policy and regulation, environment and society as well as a Country Workshop in Latvia.

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07 September 2017
Interview with Jan Kostevc, Infrastructure Regulation Officer at the Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators (ACER)

We interviewed Jan Kostevc, Infrastructure Regulation Officer at the Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators (ACER), the supranational agency monitoring the progress of key projects towards the European Energy Union. He has provided an account of the state of the art on the development of crucial infrastructure for an coordinated internal Energy market in the EU and his assessment on regulatory, technical and economic success factors for OWE farms in the Baltic Sea region with a meshed grid approach.

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31 August 2017
Finland inaugurates its first offshore wind farm „Tahkoluoto”

At the beginning of September the Finnish wind power producer Suomen Hyotytuuli Oy announced the inauguration of the Tahkoluoto offshore wind demonstration project. The 42-MW wind farm compromising 10 Siemens turbines of each 4.2 MW is the first one built off the Finnish coast.

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24 August 2017
Start of construction for the offshore wind farm “Arkona” in Germany

Construction work on the Arkona wind project in the German Baltic Sea has begun at the end of August 2017. E.ON reports that the first foundations have been successfully laid in the seabed.

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05 July 2017
Baltic InteGrid participates at 2nd meeting of the BEMIP Renewable Energy Working Group
Copyright: European Union/Etienne Ansotte

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

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03 July 2017
"Unleashing Europe’s offshore wind potential - A new resource assessment" - Report of WindEurope points towards untapped OWE resources in European sea basins

The recently published report "Unleashing Europe’s offshore wind potential - A new resource assessment" developed by BVG Associates for WindEurope points towards the considerable offshore wind energy potential in Europe. Offshore wind energy expected to produce 7% to 11% of the EU’s electricity demand by 2030 according to WindEurope, which is only a fraction what could actually be achieved. The report calls upon governments to ensure that the resource potential of OWE in the European sea basins is exploited.

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22 June 2017
“Towards a Meshed Grid: Offshore Wind Energy and Interconnectors in the Baltic Sea Region“ - Baltic InteGrid Conference in Riga

As part of Baltic InterGrid’s communication platform – the Baltic Offshore Grid Forum – the conference “Towards a Meshed Grid: Offshore Wind Energy and Interconnectors in the Baltic Sea Region“ took place on the 16 May 2017 in Riga, Latvia. Together with external experts the project partners discussed the opportunities and challenges for the realization of an offshore meshed grid in the Baltic Sea. The debates focused on certain key issues such as the legal and regulatory frameworks, spatial constraints and respective economic conditions as well as the industry development in the Baltic Sea region (BSR).

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16 June 2017
Baltic InteGrid partners attended the "world’s largest offshore conference and exhibition" Offshore Wind Energy 2017 in London
Copyright: WindEurope

Partners of the Baltic InteGrid Project attended the Wind Europe 2017 in London which was held from 6 to 8 June 2017 and declared as the world’s largest offshore conference and exhibition. This gave them a chance to meet stakeholders, promote the project and gain insights of the stance of some of the most relevant offshore wind energy (OWE) market actors OWE development in the Baltic Sea region.

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08 June 2017
A Personal Perspective on the Development of Offshore Wind Energy and the Baltic InteGrid Project

Baltic InteGrid  brings together a large number of partners with different organisational backgrounds (e.g. universities, research institutes, companies, NGOs, etc.) and engaged individuals from all around. Read on the blog of the EU-DG Regional and Urban Policy how the energy transition in the EU can also be a personal journey from the fossil fuel industry to the renewable energy sources economy.

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30 May 2017
Baltic Grids Synchronization

During the Baltic Energy Market Interconnection Plan (BEMIP) meeting in Brussels at the beginning of April, representatives of the Baltic Sea region countries agreed on a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in which the foreseen synchronization of the Baltic power grids will preferably occur via Poland.

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11 April 2017
Results of First Offshore Wind Energy Tender in Germany

With the latest amendment to the German Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG 2017) Germany has replaced the feed-in tariffs with a competitive tender system for offshore wind energy. On 13 April the German Federal Network Agency (Bundesnetzagentur) announced the results of the first German offshore wind energy tender. Impressively, three offshore wind projects with a total capacity of 1,380 MW won the tender with 0.0 ct/kWh bids and, therefore, will receive no subsidies on top of the wholesale electricity price.

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06 April 2017
Interview with Lasse Sundahl, Project Manager at DONG Energy

During an interview, Lasse Sundahl, Project Manager, Group Regulatory Affairs, DONG Energy shares some practical experience from the industry's point of view. For the Baltic Integrid project this practical insight is important for the ongoing identification of obstacles and opportunities for the development of a meshed offshore infrastructure in the Baltic Sea region.

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24 March 2017
Three TSOs sign agreement on North Sea Wind Power Hub

TenneT TSO B.V. (Netherlands), Energinet.dk (Denmark) and TenneT TSO GmbH (Germany) signed a trilateral agreement on March 23rd 2017 for the development of a large renewable European electricity system in the North Sea. This so-called ‘North Sea Wind Power Hub’ has the potential to supply 70 to 100 million Europeans with renewable energy by 2050.

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01 March 2017
Conference „Offshore wind energy an opportunity for the Polish economy” took place on 27 to 28 February 2017

In Warsaw, the conference „Offshore wind energy an opportunity for the Polish economy” took place on 27-28th February, 2017. The Conference brought together over 250 participants - representatives of government and authorities, the most important national and international maritime companies...

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27 February 2017
1st Thematic Working Group seminar "Environment and Society"

At the end of February, the first meeting of the Thematic Working Group Environment and Society took place in Warsaw, organised by Foundation for Sustainable Energy, partner in the Baltic InteGrid project. During the seminar, together with project partners, representatives from Maritime Office in Gdynia, Chief Inspectorate of Environmental Protection, National Marine Fisheries Research Institute and General Command of the Polish Navy discussed environmental and socio-economic impacts of an offshore infrastructure...

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10 February 2017
WINDFORCE Baltic Sea Conference in Tallinn

February 2017 started with a special event for the offshore wind energy sector – the WINDFORCE Baltic Sea in Tallinn, Estonia. The two day conference focussed on the challenges for offshore wind energy in the Baltic Sea.

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26 January 2017
Offshore Wind Energy 2016 in Europe: 1.6 GW newly added capacity – Total output now reached 12.6 GW

WindEurope today published the latest expansion figures for offshore wind energy in 2016: Europe installed 1.6 GW of new offshore wind energy in 2016 with cumulative capacity now reaching 12.6 GW.

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19 January 2017
Cooperation agreement affirms German-Swedish direct current project "Hansa PowerBridge"

Transmission System Operators 50Hertz (Germany) and Svenska kraftnät (Sweden) agreed on further important details regarding the planning and construction of the Hansa PowerBridge in the cooperation agreement that was now signed in Berlin.

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25 November 2016
Baltic InteGrid "Policy & Regulation" Conference has been concluded

On November 25th 2016, IKEM hosted the Policy & Regulation Conference of the Baltic InteGrid project in Berlin to advance the discussions on policy and regulatory obstacles towards a meshed offshore grid in the Baltic Sea.

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09 November 2016
Vattenfall wins tender to build the largest wind farm in the Nordics

Vattenfall has won the tender to build Danish Kriegers Flak, a 600 MW offshore wind farm in the Baltic Sea.  The winning bid was EUR 49.9 per MWh, which is among the lowest costs in the world for offshore wind power.

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06 October 2016
3rd transnational project meeting and 1st Thematic Working Group seminar "Maritime Spatial Planning"

The partnership of the Baltic InteGrid convened in Gdansk on 4 and 5 October for the third internal partner meeting of the project, and for the very first Thematic Working Group (TWG). Hosted by the Maritime Institute of Gdansk, the TWG focused on the complex topic of Maritime Spatial Planning. Each country around the Baltic Sea is currently developing their national Maritime Spatial Plan, with some being very far along already, and others finding themselves in a much earlier stage of planning.

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30 September 2016
Interview with Dr. Olga Bogdanova, Policy Area Coordinator for the Policy Area Energy of the EUSBSR

Dr. Olga Bogdanova, Head of the Energy Market Unit and Deputy Director of the Energy Market and Infrastructure Department of the Ministry of Economics of the Republic of Latvia is acting as Coordinator of the Policy Area Energy (of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region. She was interviewed by Anika Nicolaas Ponder from the lead partner IKEM and shared her insights of the Energy Policy in the EU and the Baltic Sea Region.

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08 July 2016
The Baltic InteGrid's application for flagship status has been officially approved!

Good news for Baltic InteGrid from the Ministry of Economics of the Republic of Latvia, acting as EUSBSR Policy Area Coordinator for the Policy Area Energy (PA Energy): The recommendation of the PA to include Baltic InteGrid as a Flagship Project under PA Energy has been accepted by the BEMIP initiative, DG REGIO and national coordinators.

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22 June 2016
2nd transnational project meeting of the Baltic InteGrid consortium

From 20-21 June the partners of the Baltic InteGrid met at the Technical University of Denmark – DTU, Risø Campus in Roskilde. During the meeting the consortium discussed concrete work steps and project milestones, and agreed on the project logo. A next project meeting including a first thematic working group seminar focused on spatial planning is scheduled for 4-5 October in Gdansk.

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29 March 2016
Kick-Off Conference „Baltic InteGrid“

As the Lead of a 14-partner strong consortium, IKEM welcomed representatives of governments, transmission system operators, offshore wind industry and utility providers as well as legal, spatial planning and environmental experts from around the Baltic Sea region for the event on the 22nd of March in Berlin. The conference was the first in a series of expert events organized in the framework of the Baltic InteGrid, taking place across the region over the next four years.

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