Over the last decade, offshore wind energy has developed from an initial planning stage, mostly with prototype and near-shore installations of turbines for onshore deployment with a primary focus on research and development, to deployment of commercial projects at scale as well as industrial production of specialised turbines and components in a number of markets.
However, in most countries, Offshore Wind is still a relatively new and innovative technology. The IEA RETD TCP therefore launches a project to address the lessons learned from the developments of offshore wind over the last decade in order to allow policy makers and stakeholders to improve the regulatory framework and business decisions in light of the future challenges and opportunities of the industry. The project seeks to improve understanding of effective and efficient policy frameworks to contribute to sound bases for further offshore wind energy deployment and continued cost reductions of the technology in different markets. The findings of the report could also help inform countries looking to develop offshore wind deployment.
The overall objective of the project is to (i) provide a comprehensive comparative analysis of the evolution of offshore wind energy policy frameworks (including effective support schemes and grid connection regimes) in front runner and new major markets, (ii) identify regulatory best practices and (iii) develop policy recommendations for future offshore wind energy development.
The project has been awarded to the consortium of CarbonTrust, Mott MacDonald and Green Giraffe. The kick-off meeting took place on 20 September 2016 and final results are expected by February 2017.