Baltic InteGrid Final Conference
One of our Interreg projects within the funding period of 2014-2020 is now slowly coming to an end. Ushering in the closing phase, the project’s final conference, under the title “Baltic InteGrid: Roadmap for a meshed offshore grid in the Baltic Sea region”, took place in the Representation of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania to the Federation in Berlin, counting with around 100 partners, experts and interested visitors.
On 26 and 27 February 2019, the Final Conference of the Baltic InteGrid project, titled “Baltic InteGrid: Roadmap for a meshed offshore grid in the Baltic Sea region”, on the one hand side presented its approach to a meshed offshore wind energy grid development in the Baltic Sea region, and on the other hand gave expert know-how on related projects, concepts and developments. Besides Anne-Maria Ide from the General Directorate for Energy of the European Commission, several other speakers from universities, associations and companies such as Wind Europe, Entso-E, Ørsted or Navigant were invited. The presence of different stakeholders with similar overarching interests led to engaging discussions and fruitful networking, fostering a joint outlook into the future. Overall, there was a consensus on the importance of expanding offshore wind energy in order to secure regional energy supply and meet the EU climate protection goals.
The conference also marked the beginning of the Baltic Offshore Grid Forum (BOGF), a network developed within Baltic InteGrid, aiming at continuing the research, discussions and cooperation on offshore wind energy and integrated grid development in the Baltic Sea region. The BOGF shall unite all important players and partners in order to disseminate as well as develop ongoing research and results via events, initiatives and projects. For more information alongside a list of the founding members of the BOGF please visit www.bogf.eu. Beyond the conference, participants were able to access the project’s outcomes, displayed within the final reports, presenting detailed results of the activities. In addition to thematically focused publications on topics such as policy and regulation, market and supply chains, maritime spatial planning, environment and society, cost-benefit analysis or technology and grid development, recommendations for decision makers alongside concrete case studies were presented. Furthermore, everyone could gain insights into the region-wide Baltic Offshore Grid vision (BOG 2050) within the project’s final report “Baltic InteGrid: Towards a Meshed Offshore Grid in the Baltic Sea”, which is also published in a concise and handy 30-page A5 summary, containing the key results of the project. REM Consult has actively supported the Baltic InteGrid project over the last three years in the fields of project and financial management as well as communication and public relations. We are happy that the project was successfully finalised and has yielded valuable results. We wish all project partners all the best further disseminating the outputs.