A new 2 GW standard for energy transmission has been developed to help accelerate the integration of offshore wind energy capacity onto European grids and speed the energy transition.

The new standard has been developed by European electricity transmission system operator TenneT as part of regional grid modernization and efforts to reduce the costs of increasing renewable energy capacity on the grid. The standard is expected to minimize the environmental impact of renewables integration and help Europe achieve net-zero and Fit for 55 goals by deploying clean capacity on the grid by three to four times more than the current rate.

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To achieve 2050 carbon-neutrality goals, Europe needs to connect 60 GW of offshore wind capacity by 2030 and more than 300 GW by 2050, ambitious goals that the new standard can help the bloc achieve. TenneT claims the new specification enables Europe to deploy more and larger offshore wind projects, couple its energy markets through interconnection and ensure smart integration into main onshore grids.

The 2 GW standard will more than double the capacity in comparison to the previous 900 MW high-voltage DC standard and almost triple the 700 MW AC standard. At least six standardized offshore grid connections with a transmission capacity of 2 GW each will strengthen TenneT's role as driver of the European energy transition in the Dutch and German North Sea until 2030.

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