The United States is well positioned to take advantage of the substantial technological advancements, economies of scale, and cost reductions achieved in Europe in the deployment of offshore wind energy. With 7.7 GW of offshore wind capacity in operation, German policymakers and stakeholders have a successful track record in developing, installing, operating, and maintaining offshore wind projects.
With the goal to better understand and navigate the evolving landscape of offshore wind farm needs, the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK) welcomed U.S. stakeholders to a transatlantic knowledge exchange in June 2022. During the event, experts from Germany provided insights into how they faced maritime spatial planning challenges, offshore wind sites located far from shorelines, environmental concerns, and grid connectivity issues, which have all posed considerable obstacles to Germany’s ambitious offshore wind energy goals. However, technological innovation and constructive collaboration between the private sector and policymakers have made successful offshore wind deployment possible.
One major takeaway of this delegation tour was that to accelerate offshore wind energy development, it is necessary to analyse offshore wind energy supply chain risks and requirements as well as address training capacity needs for this sector. This trip is part of a broader effort to strengthen cooperation on energy issues between the two countries, encourage the exchange of ideas, and build energy transition policy expertise.
- Presentations on the regulatory, technical, and economic issues facing the offshore wind market in Germany by relevant ministries and important stakeholders.
- Meetings and peer-to-peer knowledge exchanges between offshore wind energy experts, policymakers, and industry professionals from the U.S. and Germany.
- Site visits, including to large-scale offshore flagship projects along Germany’s wind-rich northern coast.
- Discussions about the potential for continued cooperation.
"Wonderful depth and breadth of German participation and exceptionally organized."
Scott Wright, USA, Midcontinent Independent System Operator, 2017
"An excellent one-stop shop to learn about Energiewende."
Travis Kavulla, USA, Montana Public Service Commission, 2017
"…… The best things about the program are two areas: Networking and Content from policy to operations. This will help me think about our industry's journey to decarbonize the grid."
Erik Takayesu, USA, Southern California Edison, 2017