UK agrees to renewable energy deal with EU neighbours

Initiative expected to support UK’s target to increase offshore wind fivefold by 2030

Turbines of the Burbo Bank offshore wind farm in the mouth of the River Mersey, Liverpool, in 2008. Getty
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The UK has agreed to a new deal with EU and North Sea neighbours on developing renewable energy.

The move is “essential” for the delivery of Britain’s net-zero goals and strengthening energy security, government ministers say.

Climate Change Minister Graham Stuart signed the preliminary agreement on Sunday.

It enables the UK to work with the North Seas Energy Co-operation, which includes the European Commission, to develop renewable projects, specifically those linking energy grids and windfarms.

The agreement represents a renewal of Britain’s relations with the NSEC after Brexit.

The UK will not regain its membership, but the European Commission said it would benefit from a “privileged framework for co-operation”.

The offshore grid links Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Sweden and Norway.

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The initiative is expected to support the UK’s targets to increase offshore wind fivefold to 50GW and deliver 18GW of electricity interconnector capacity, up from 8.4GW today, by 2030.

“I’m pleased to agree even greater energy co-operation with our North Seas neighbours, which will be vital in helping the UK meet its ambitious renewables target," Mr Stuart said.

“The development of renewables in the North Sea is critical for accelerating our clean transition and boosting energy security for the UK and our European neighbours.”

Updated: December 19, 2022, 12:14 AM