Conference in 2013
Offshore wind farms located in the best wind conditions and away from people’s living areas allow for the production of large amounts of energy, providing a real alternative to traditional energy generation. For te first time in history, Estonia started its maritime spatial planning with groundbreaking counties Hiiumaa and Pärnumaa. Offshore wind energy is expected to play an important role in the CO2-neutral energy economy and in the cleantech industry. These and many other issues were discussed at the first Estonian Offshore Wind Energy Conference in Hiiumaa on 29. – 30. October, 2013.
Should we take the wind turbines to the sea?
What is the role of local communities in offshore wind energy projects?
What are the impacts of wind turbines on birds, fish and other nature?
What is a maritime spatial planning?
What are the offshore wind energy projects in Estonia?
What kind of benefits can offshore wind farms bring to local communities, including economic and energy security?
Many foreign speakers shared their experiences, such as how Middelgrunden Wind Turbine Cooperative united local community and wind power. We also heard about case studies from Sweden and Belgium, as well as news from neighbors and Brussels.
We also spoke about the Estonian offshore projects, national maritime spatial planning, opportunities in offshore wind energy industry and security of supply.
The conference was financed by the members of Estonian Wind Power Cluster, the Tallinna City Enterprise Board and the European Regional Development Fund.