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New German offshore wind lobby

Launch of Berlin-based organisation next week

Germany’s new Offshore Wind Industry Alliance (OWIA) will be unveiled next Friday, with an office in the federal capital, Berlin.

Dignitaries scheduled to attend OWIA’s opening ceremony include the premier of Germany’s north east state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, mayors of the ports of Hamburg and Bremen and the permanent secretary of state at the Lower Saxony economics ministry. These are all representatives of coastal or city states with a keen interest in offshore wind.

The German offshore wind sector has come under increasing pressure about its high capital costs, some of which are being shouldered by the country’s energy consumers. In response, three northern German wind energy networks - Windenergie-Agentur WAB, Erneuerbare Energien Hamburg Clusteragentur EEHH and Wind Energy Network WEN – have decided to create OWIA in order to strengthen their political lobbying and communication about the benefits of offshore wind.

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