Historic green energy push: European quartet to ramp up North Sea offshore wind capacity tenfold

Offshore wind capacity in the North Sea must increase tenfold towards 2050. This is the joint political vision that Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen and a number of European heads of state will present Wednesday at a summit on offshore wind in Denmark.

Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen is setting the stage for a huge expansion of the offshore wind efforts in the North Sea. | Photo: Jens Dresling

Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands and Belgium are teaming up for a historic offshore wind push in the North Sea, aimed at freeing Europe from Russian energy and taking the European green transition efforts to an entirely new level.

The plans were revealed at a summit held Wednesday in the city of Esbjerg, where Mette Frederiksen and the heads of state from the three nations signed a historic declaration for multiplying offshore wind capacity in the North Sea by ten to at least 150GW by 2050. This would be enough to supply approximately 150 million households with green energy, requiring investments of more than EUR 134bn.

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