ENERGY & WATER
October 19 @ 13:30 - 15:00
ENERGY & WATER
Floating offshore wind in the Mediterranean Sea. What policies are needed to kick start this industry?
In cooperation with WIND EUROPE
The GTI Task Force has explored floating offshore wind power as a solution for islands, often dealing with lack of space for power generation on land. This fast-maturing technology could have a leading role in the clean energy transition process of islands as it can be tailored to the specific environmental constraints and needs to coexist with other maritime activities. The Task Force has focused on the Mediterranean Sea, which due to the depth of its waters, is a very suitable location for the implementation of floating offshore wind projects.
The Task Force, comprised by island governments and international experts, identified three policy areas to kick start projects: Maritime Spatial Planning (MSP), permitting, and auction design. It discussed how to facilitate the conditions for the deployment of floating offshore wind, bringing the islands’ voice to central governments.
This workshop will focus on the European Commission’s proposals under the Fit for 55 Package with reference to this specific technology and offer guidance for Member States on auction design based on the ongoing consultation of the European State Aid Guidelines.
- Gianni Chianetta – Director, Greening the Islands – Update on the progress of the task force
13.35 Setting the scene
- Ivan Pineda – Director of Public Affairs, Wind Europe – Overview on revision of RED II Directive
13.50 Round Table
Introduction & Moderation: Darius Snieckus – Editor-in-Chief, Recharge News
- Gonzalo Piernavieja – Research & Innovation Director at Instituto Tecnológico de Canarias (ITC)
- Roberto Sannasardo – Energy Manager of Sicily Region
- George Alexakis – Vice Governor of Crete on European & International Affairs
- Corporate Representatives