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California and Denmark to collaborate on offshore wind

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By State of Green, May 07, 2018

The Danish Minister for Energy, Utilities and Climate, Lars Chr. Lilleholt, has signed a new cooperation agreement with California's Energy Commissioner, Karen Douglas. Denmark will assist the large American state in developing an offshore wind sector with support from experts from the Danish Energy Agency.

The Danish Minister for Energy, Utilities and Climate, Lars Chr. Lilleholt, has signed a new cooperation agreement with California’s Energy Commissioner, Karen Douglas. Denmark will assist the large American state in developing an offshore wind sector with support from experts from the Danish Energy Agency.

Being the world’s sixth largest economy, California has ambitious climate goals and is in the process of transitioning to a greener economy. In order to meet their ambitious goals, California will draw on learnings and technology from Denmark regarding the development of a successful offshore wind sector.

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California’s high ambition to expand its renewable energy capacity is expected to increase the demand for green solutions significantly over the next decades. The state is one of the leaders in the US when it comes to onshore wind, but it has yet to build offshore wind farms. Denmark is a market leader in offshore wind energy and consequently, this cooperation can open the doors for increased trade and export between the two countries.

– I am very pleased Denmark is entering into this cooperation with California, which I hope will combat climate change and strengthen Denmark’s energy exports. Denmark’s expertise in the field of offshore wind is unique and we’re experiencing a lot of interest in learning from our experiences. California’s size and ambitions for an expansion within renewable energy makes it a very attractive market, said Energy, Utilities and Climate Minister, Lars Chr. Lilleholt.

California’s Energy Comissioner, Karen Douglas, works with other authorities in state and federal government to develop offshore wind farms off the Californian coast. Climate changes concerns in particular are driving the state’s interest in learning from Denmark’s expertise in developing offshore wind farms.

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– As home to the world’s first offshore wind farm and with more than 25 years of experience, Denmark is at the forefront when it comes to developing a strong source of renewable and CO2-free energy. Therefore, I am very pleased that we have signed a cooperation agreement with the Danish government, which will allow us to draw on Denmark’s vast expertise and experience in this area, said Energy Commissioner, Karen Douglas.

– Source: Ministry of Energy, Utilities and Climate

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