Group of EU countries agree to increase offshore wind capacity

Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen Latvian Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins, Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas, Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin, Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen chat as they arrive for the summit on Baltic Sea energy security, at Marienborg in Kongens Lyngby, north of Copenhagen, Denmark, August 30, 2022. Mads Claus Rasmussen/Ritzau Scanpix/via REUTERS

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COPENHAGEN, Aug 30 (Reuters) – Eight European Union countries bordering the Baltic Sea have agreed to increase their offshore wind power capacity sevenfold by 2030 to reduce their reliance on Russian power , the Danish Prime Minister announced on Tuesday.

The pledges come after Russia has either reduced or cut off gas supplies to some countries since its invasion of Ukraine.

“We share great potential for offshore wind,” Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen told an energy summit in Copenhagen. “As long as we depend on fossil fuels, we are vulnerable.

The Baltic Sea currently has 2.8 gigawatts (GW) of offshore wind capacity, almost all of which is in Danish and German waters.

The deal was reached at a summit attended by European Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen and ministers and lawmakers from Denmark, Germany, Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia , Finland and Sweden, all bordering the Baltic Sea.

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Reporting by Jacob Gronholt-Pedersen; Editing by Angus MacSwan

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