Offshore Wind Energy International Cooperation
Together with the other North Sea countries, the Netherlands is investigating the possibility of realising offshore energy projects that go beyond the borders of our country. How do countries handle this?
The Netherlands participates in various partnerships.
Saving costs and space together
Within the North Seas Energy Cooperation (NSEC), 9 European countries (including the Netherlands) and the European Commission are working together on the development of offshore wind projects and associated infrastructure, including an offshore grid. The aim is to reduce the cost and space requirements for future large-scale and cross-border offshore energy projects.
The Netherlands assumes the presidency of the NSEC in the year 2023. The presidency offers the Netherlands the opportunity to intensify cooperation and tackle important themes internationally. These include:
- Designing a joint long-term vision for the energy system in the North Sea
- Development of hydrogen at sea
- Large-scale energy hubs
Denmark is one of the first member states with concrete plans for a large-scale cross-border energy project in the North Sea: an energy island with possible connections to various North Sea countries. This presents opportunities for the Netherlands:
- Increasing so-called 'interconnection capacity' (connection from country to country), so that we have energy 24 hours a day
- Possible cooperation with Dutch national plans for offshore wind projects north of the Netherlands
- Opportunities in the field of hydrogen
The Danish and Dutch governments agreed to work together on this. The national high-voltage grid operators (Energinet and TenneT) have been asked to investigate this further together. Their research is used for the North Sea Wind Power Hub programme, which is part of NSEC.
- View the agreements between the Netherlands and Denmark (information in Dutch)
- Read more about the North Sea Wind Power Hub Programme
In addition to the sustainable energy required in our country, offshore wind development also offers economic opportunities internationally. For example, through the combination of offshore wind energy generation and green hydrogen production.
Support Dutch companies
The International Clean Energy Partnership (ICEP) programme focuses on trade promotion. It supports Dutch companies offering renewable (sustainable) energy products and services abroad. For them, ICEP organises activities such as trade missions and networking events. Offshore wind and hydrogen are ICEP's main themes.
Sharing knowledge and experience
We would like to share Dutch experience and knowledge in offshore wind with others around the world. With countries that want to broaden their horizons. Countries that want to secure a sustainable electricity supply in the long term. Countries that want to benefit from the positive economic impact of offshore wind, just like the Netherlands. The Netherlands would like to collaborate with these countries and explore the best ways to develop offshore wind. With the Wind & Water Works campaign, we let the world know what the Netherlands is good at.