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Denmark and US sign MOU to extend cooperation on offshore wind projects

CTBR Staff Writer Published 16 May 2016

Denmark and the US have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to extend their cooperation on offshore wind energy projects.

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The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) said the MOU recognizes both countries common interests in developing the technology as a clean and sustainable energy source.

High priority areas of the MOU include sharing best practices, policy initiatives, financing and risk management challenges as well as technical knowledge transfer.

It also includes knowledge sharing on a range of offshore wind energy issues such as supply chain, offtake, grid integration/interconnection, system planning to optimize offshore wind energy deployment, data on the benefits of offshore wind energy, and strategies for achieving cost reductions.

BOEM director Abigail Ross Hopper said: "This is a historic event for our respective countries as we work together to share knowledge, experiences, data and best practices relevant to offshore wind energy development.

"This MOU represents an exciting milestone toward a achieving a clean energy future."

Danish Ambassador Lars Gert Lose said: "This agreement is a testimony to the strong Transatlantic ties between."

"Denmark has been using offshore wind power as an energy resource for 25 years and I am delighted that we - by sharing our knowledge and experience - can help promote renewable energy in the world's largest economy."

Due to the increasing importance of offshore wind to their clean energy future, the US and various Nordic countries commit to collaborate to increase the deployment of offshore wind in the US and Europe.

The latest MOU builds on ongoing US engagement with Denmark on offshore wind.

The US and the Nordic countries will lead the efforts to develop cleaner energy systems, renewable energy, including renewable fuels, increased energy efficiency and technologies for cleaner electricity generation.


Image: Denmark and the US sign MOU to strengthen cooperation on offshore wind. Photo: Courtesy of xedos4/ FreeDigitalPhotos.net.