To achieve climate neutrality by mid-century, Germany, the Netherlands and Denmark should embark on a much faster expansion of wind at sea and ramp-up cross-border cooperation, kick-started by a giant 12GW offshore energy island, Manon van Beek, chief executive of Dutch-German transmission system operator (TSO) TenneT, has argued.

“Until now, we have done spatial planning on an individual basis, and that is OK for now, but it is inefficient and undesirable when it comes to large scale offshore wind,” she said, at a webcast panel discussion organised by the TSO titled ‘Europe’s Offshore Wind Vision’ that counted on the participation of high-level government representatives from the three countries.