DENMARK — Ørsted has become the first energy company to join the Global Offshore Wind Alliance (GOWA), which aims to support a faster deployment of offshore wind and create a global community of action.
GOWA is a new global organization that brings together governments, the private sector, international organizations and other stakeholders with the goal to accelerate the deployment of offshore wind power. The alliance was launched last year by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), the Global Wind Energy Council, and the Danish government.
Mads Nipper, Ørsted group president and CEO, said, “GOWA holds magnificent potential because it enables countries and governments to share learnings and best practices within offshore wind and thereby save valuable time by speeding up the much-needed global build-out of offshore wind.
“Today, it often takes longer to plan than to build an offshore wind farm. Governments and the private sector must collaborate to create an enabling regulatory environment and streamline permitting processes. Through GOWA, we can fast-track offshore wind deployment and help emerging markets off to a good start. I encourage our industry peers to also join GOWA and share their learnings.”
GOWA member countries include Australia, Belgium, Colombia, Denmark, Germany, Ireland, Japan, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Saint Lucia, the UK, and the US, and more countries are expected to sign up.
By joining GOWA, Ørsted seeks to share knowledge and best practice to help meet the alliance’s ambition of seeing at least 380 GW offshore wind capacity built by 2030 and an installed capacity increase of at least 70 GW per year from 2030.