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9 European countries agree to tender 100 GW of offshore wind capacity by 2030

The North Seas Energy Cooperation (NSEC) countries and the European Commission have announced their future coordination in a series of offshore wind tenders aiming to allocate almost 100 GW by 2030. To achieve this goal, the NSEC plans to collectively tender around 15 GW of offshore wind capacity each year to increase predictability in the wind power sector and allow for better collaboration. The collective planning should start with the publication of a shared plan for infrastructure in the North Sea published by the European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity (ENTSO-E) with input from NSEC countries in January 2024.

The NSEC is a group composed of Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway and Sweden established to cooperate and facilitate the development of the offshore grid development and the large energy potential in the region  with the aim of reaching at least 260 GW of offshore wind capacity by 2050. This represents about 85% of the EU-wide ambition of reaching 300 GW of offshore wind by 2050.