MSP instruments affecting the development of offshore renewable power generation

Seanergy 2020

Abstract: 

The EU project Seanergy 2020 evaluated the existing international maritime spatial planning instruments, to identify those international maritime spatial planning (MSP) instruments that impact the development of offshore renewable energy and to qualify their effect on siting for offshore renewable power generation and cable routing for a pan-European grid at sea.
 

Sea Basin(s): 
Year: 
May 2010 - April 2012
Application in MSP: 
Unknown effect
Sectors: 
Offshore renewable energy production
Type of Issue: 
Economic aspects
Environment aspects
Safety aspects
Social aspects
Type of practice: 
Study
Stage of MSP cycle: 
Analyse spatial aspects
Cross-border / trans-national aspect: 
Yes
Coherence with other processes: 
Renewable Energy Directive
Trans-European Transport Network

Questions this practice may help answer

Which international maritime spatial planning (MSP) instruments impact the development of offshore renewable energy

Implementation Context

Some international Maritime Spatial Planning instruments have been developed over the years but they do not necessarily take into consideration the specific features of offshore renewable energies. Identifying the barriers to achieve a more integrated approach to MSP, that foster the deployment of offshore power generation from wind and marine power sources, is necessary and contributes to the implementation of the 20% Renewable Directive.

Aspects / Objectives

Identify those international maritime spatial planning (MSP) instruments that impact the development of offshore renewable energy and to qualify their effect on siting for offshore renewable power generation and cable routing for a pan-European grid at sea.

Method

A literature review has been done on existing MSP instruments (laws, conventions, agreements) at the international, European and regional level. The aim of each instrument is interpreted and its consequences analysed. Furthermore, for each of the different instruments, the elements influencing offshore renewable energies deployment and related electricity infrastructure are identified.

Main Outputs / Results

The report provides a complete overview of MSP instruments and measures and their impact on offshore renewable energy projects.

Transferability

The research has been on international instruments relevant for off shore renewable energy. It can be used in other international projects.

Responsible Entity

European Wind Energy Association

Costs / Funding Source

Intelligent Energy Europe programme

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