DNV GL, a company for testing, certification and advisory services, and the Renewable Energy Hamburg Cluster Agency (EEHH) are set to host the 14th Hamburg Offshore Wind (HOW) conference for the first time in Hamburg from April 4-5, 2017, a press release said Tuesday (March 28). International stakeholders from the wind industry and representatives of the federal government and environmental associations will also attend the meeting. Olaf Scholz, Mayor of Hamburg, will give an opening speech on April 4 at a welcoming dinner also to be addressed by Enak Ferlemann, State Secretary in the Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy. The conference, held under the theme “Offshore wind after 2020 – Tenders as a way to reduce costs?” will focus on the role of offshore wind energy in German and European energy supply under changing political conditions. Numerous high-ranking representatives of the wind energy sector have confirmed their participation.
Reform of EEG 2017
The reform of the Renewable Energy Act (EEG 2017) takes effect in Germany on July 1, 2017. In future, nearly all renewable energy projects will be granted following a centralised tendering process. The reform has been criticised for possible limits to expanding offshore wind energy projects to 500 megawatts in 2021 and 2022. However, supporters have welcomed the reform as an important step towards market viability. Those attending the conference include Ditlev Engel, CEO of DNV GL – Energy and Senior Vice President of the Wind Business Area of Vattenfall, Gunnar Groebler. Both have welcomed the reform of EEG.
“In our opinion, the tendering system is the right way to have more competition and cost-efficiency in the German offshore wind energy industry. In an attractive, competitive environment, the political conditions create the necessary security for the continued planning of the projects. We strongly approve of this measure. This model has already proven itself in the Netherlands and Denmark. After the introduction of a competitive auction system last year, a clear trend towards cost reductions could be seen. Here, Vattenfall set a new standard for cost-efficiency by winning the Danish “Kriegers Flak” project for a price of 4.99 eurocents per kilowatt-hour,“ said Groebler.
Dr. Andreas Schröter, DNV GL’s Vice President for Central Europe & Mediterranean, has welcomed EEHH as co-host. “Our joint conference will give international players a platform for a high-calibre exchange on experiences and provide information.”
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