OCEaN Statement on the upcoming EU Wind Power Package

Ahead of the publication of the EU Wind Power Package, the Offshore Coalition for Energy and Nature (OCEaN) is launching a statement supporting the use of minimum requirements and non-price criteria in the design of offshore wind farm auctions.
Oct 23, 2023

MicrosoftTeams-image (57).pngIn the State of the Union speech, Ursula Von der Leyen, President of the European Commission, acknowledged the unique set of challenges currently faced by the European wind industry. To address these, she announced an upcoming EU Wind Power package to support the wind industry to deliver on the EU Green Deal.

The main objective of the EU Wind Power package is to tackle the biggest hurdles faced by the industry today, focusing on fast-track permitting, improving auction systems in Member States, developing a skilled workforce, as well as allowing access to finance and stable supply chains.

However, if we are to meet climate goals and enhance energy security, expanding offshore wind energy must be harmonised with nature protection. To do so, pre-qualification (or minimum) requirements and non-price criteria in offshore wind auctions can enable Member States to maximise project value for society, nature, the electricity system, and the supply chain.

In this statement, OCEaN Members pledge to assist EU institutions and Member States in identifying ecological minimum requirements and non-price evaluation criteria and serve as a knowledge hub for best practices and scientific evidence.

Download the statement here