December 8, 2009

Nations Sign Deal On Wind Power Development

As the much anticipated UN talks kick off in Copenhagen, energy ministers from nine European Union nations came to an agreement Monday to develop a massive offshore wind power grid in the North Sea and Irish Sea, reported AFP.

The document, which will now be examined by experts, was signed during an EU energy ministers' meeting between Belgium, Britain, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and Sweden.

"This very ambitious project is not just of interest to the countries bordering the North seas. It is important for the future energy mix providing the needs of the European Union," said Paul Magnette, climate minister of Belgium, which initiated the plan.

The plan expects that "the major part of offshore wind energy development in Europe will be focused on the North Seas region."

"We're already the world leader in offshore wind here in the UK and today's announcements bring new funding and expert direction to grow this vital new industry."

"They also mean we can work with other countries in the EU to increase our renewable energy supplies," said Britain's energy minister Lord Hunt.

The countries involved seek to draw up a work plan in early 2010 to coordinate the development of offshore infrastructure.

This is just part of the EU's broader plans to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by at least 20 percent by 2020.

There are currently around 30 offshore wind farms in Europe, off the coasts of Denmark, Germany, Britain and the Netherlands.


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