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Baltic nations to boost offshore wind energy 7-fold by 2030

Capacity could be brought to 93 gigawatts

30 August, 20:50
(ANSA-AFP) - COPENHAGEN, AUG 30 - Nations bordering the Baltic Sea agreed Tuesday to increase offshore wind energy to 20 gigawatts by 2030, as Europe seeks to wean itself off Russian gas following Moscow's invasion of Ukraine. "We have agreed to increase offshore wind in the Baltic Sea seven-fold by 2030," Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen told reporters after hosting a meeting between Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and Sweden. "We are the frontline of European energy security", Frederiksen said. Russia was the only Baltic Sea nation not in attendance at Tuesday's meeting. "In this war Putin is using energy as a weapon and has put Europe, as we all know, on the brink of an energy crisis with skyrocketing energy prices", Frederiksen said. Twenty gigawatts would be enough to supply electricity to 20 million households, "more than the current wind offshore capacity in the whole of the EU today", she added. By 2050, the Baltic Sea's wind energy capacity could be brought to 93 gigawatts, the countries said in a statement. (ANSA-AFP).

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