US-Denmark Cooperation on Offshore Wind a Positive Sign from Trump Administration
Despite a huge potential, only a vanishingly small part of the United States power supply comes from offshore wind. A new collaboration, which the Minister of energy, supply and climate Lars Chr. Lilleholt has agreed with US Interior Minister Ryan Zinke, might help change.
As the U.S. renewables industry struggles to understand where it stands with the Trump Administration, a new cooperative agreement between the U.S. and Denmark on offshore wind is a bit of good news.
The collaboration, agreed to between Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke and Denmark’s Minister of Energy, Supply and Climate, will result in information sharing between the two countries about offshore wind development in the U.S.
As a leader in offshore wind development, Denmark’s insights will be a big benefit to the U.S. industry as it works to grow its footprint from the current 30-MW off the East Coast. According to the Global Wind Energy Council, in 2016, Denmark had the fourth highest offshore wind energy capacity at about 1,270 MW. It is also home to Ørsted (formerly DONG Energy), which is responsible for building about one-third of global offshore wind capacity, according to the Official Website of Denmark. Ørsted has reported interests in wind projects in Virginia and New Jersey waters.