Jun 08

Offshore Wind Energy Intelligent Solutions Dialog

The German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) invites you to participate in a transatlantic knowledge exchange on offshore wind initiatives.

The German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) invites you to participate in a transatlantic knowledge exchange on offshore wind initiatives. The goal is to get a better understanding and successfully navigate through a constantly evolving landscape of offshore wind farm needs. The trip is part of a broader scale effort to strengthen the energy cooperation between our countries, encourage the exchange of ideas, and promote energy transition policy expertise.

Coming from a favorable position, the United States are starting offshore wind deployment. The initiative mainly results from the ability to take advantage of substantial technology learning, economies of scale and cost reductions achieved in Europe during the last two decades.

Especially German policy makers and energy players have a successful history of developing, installing, operating, and maintaining offshore wind projects. With 6.4 GW of grid-connected offshore wind capacity (27% of global capacity), Germany has established itself as a leader in offshore wind development. On one hand, maritime spatial planning, offshore wind sites far from shore, environmental concerns and grid connectivity have posed many challenges to Germany’s ambitious offshore wind energy goals. However, technological innovation and constructive collaboration between the private sector and policy makers have made successful offshore wind deployment possible. Germany’s policy framework for offshore wind has undergone significant changes over the past decades. The country was able to achieve massive reductions in policy support costs for offshore wind, mainly driven by technological progress, economies of scale, competitive pressure through the auction system, and regulatory de-risking.

Planned Activities

The program entails a combination of:

  • Presentations on the regulatory, technical, and economic issues facing the offshore wind market in Germany. The US delegation will visit relevant ministries and important stakeholders.
  • Meetings and peer-to-peer exchange between offshore wind energy executives from the US and Germany.
  • You will meet major offshore wind actors and energy experts from regulators, grid operators and industry.
  • Site visits. The participants will visit large-scale offshore flagship projects along Germany’s wind-rich northern coast.
  • Identify actions for continuing cooperation through workshops at the beginning and end of the trip.
  • The trip aims to deepen the dialog which began during previous energy policy exchanges. Both new and previous participants are invited to join.

Trip Schedule

  • Duration of the program is four days, from Monday, June 8 to Thursday, June 11, 2020.
  • Travel to Berlin is planned for Sunday, June 7. Departure is planned from Hamburg on Thursday, June 11. A small group size of up to 15 participants will ensure an individualized experience and an optimal group dynamic.
  • The program will be in English, with bilingual staff on-site for language support.
  • Participants will receive short profiles about the visited institutions and sites prior to the trip.
  • A preliminary agenda is attached below. For updates about the itinerary, please contact us.

Program Cost and Coverage

  • The trip takes place upon invitation of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy.
  • This includes the facilitation of all meetings, transportation to all visited sites, and select meals (all lunches and one welcome dinner) within the scope of the program.
  • Participants are responsible for their own airfare to and from Germany (~$1,000.00), their accommodation (~$110/night incl. breakfast) and for meals that are not part of the official program.
  • There is no separate program fee.

Who should register and how?

Participation is open to executives from regulatory agencies, legislators, system operators and other public institutions involved in the wind industry, as well as the entire offshore value-chain.

  • Complete the registration form below and submit it via email to aswiridoff(at)gaccwest.com.
  • Registration deadline: December 20, 2019. Participation is limited to 15 individuals.
  • Participants will be confirmed by January 17, 2020.


Preliminary Agenda

Registration Form

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