SEANERGY - Delivering Offshore Electricity to the EU: spatial planning of offshore renewable energies


The project is targeted towards regional and national authorities, EU decision-makers, planners, regulators, transmission system operators and marine renewable energy project developers. It takes into account the specifics of different individual marine areas, such as the North Sea, the Baltic Sea, the Atlantic coast and the Mediterranean Sea. In a first phase, the project will analyse the existing national MSP practices and how they affect the deployment of offshore renewable energy projects and the development of offshore electricity grids. Based on this analysis, the project will highlight best practices, and promote recommendations on how to improve the policy and regulatory conditions of maritime spatial planning to Member States less developed in this process. In a second phase, SEANERGY 2020 will analyse the different international MSP instruments and their compatibility with the deployment of offshore renewable power generation. Taking into consideration Member States national renewable plans and other national and EU initiatives in terms of MSP and offshore electricity grid, the project will make proposals for an internationally coordinated approach to MSP favouring the deployment of offshore renewable power. The compatibility between different levels of MSP will be assessed in a third phase. The opportunities and challenges of moving from a national to a transnational approach will equally be analysed at this stage. Recommendations will be produced as a result of this analysis and promoted to the different national, regional and European authorities; they will also be disseminated to the different maritime users. Specific bilateral meetings with key target groups are to be organised along with regional stakeholder workshops. The objective of the SEANERGY 2020 project is to formulate and to promote concrete policy recommendations on how to best deal with and remove maritime spatial planning (MSP) policy obstacles to the deployment of offshore renewable power generation. It will focus on offshore renewable energy technologies and related grid infrastructure and provide policy recommendations on how to promote a more integrated and coordinated approach to maritime spatial planning facilitating the implementation of the 20% Renewables Directive.

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