In the past decade, industrial and service enterprises in offshore and onshore wind energy have developed rapidly at numerous locations along Germany’s North Sea and Baltic coasts. At the same time, regional industry networks have emerged that today in their overall growth and size reflect the rapid development of an entirely new industry.
The four wind energy networks in northern Germany, Wind Energy Agency (WAB) in Bremerhaven, Renewable Energy Hamburg Cluster Agency (EEHH) in Hamburg, Wind Energy Network (WEN) in Rostock, and Renewable Energy Network Agency (EE.SH) in Husum, work together as the Offshore Wind Industry Alliance (OWIA) in Berlin, thereby linking the North Sea and Baltic markets for businesses located in Germany’s coastal states and beyond. OWIA was founded in 2012 by WAB, EEHH and WEN, and EE.SH joined the alliance in 2013.
OWIA is the advocate for roughly 600 businesses, institutes and organisations that are members of these four networks. OWIA is committed to representing their industrial and energy policy interests. Its members belong to the entire value chain – from project developers and operators to turbine manufacturers, suppliers, and related service providers.
OWIA believes that only a concerted effort can successfully provide for sustainable and reliable technical, regulatory, and economic conditions that ensure the continuance and accelerated development of Germany’s offshore wind industry, particularly on the North Sea and Baltic coasts. Since offshore wind energy has a place in both European and global markets, the German offshore industry can maintain its technological lead only through purposeful cooperation.
The formation of this alliance with four large wind energy networks in northern Germany is an important step towards putting offshore wind power securely in place at the base of Germany’s energy turnaround. OWIA advocates the continuous, well-regulated and reliable installation of high-performance offshore wind turbines in the North and Baltic seas. Due to their high capacity utilisation and owing to excellent wind conditions, offshore wind farms significantly contribute to the stabilisation of energy systems.
It is the mission of the joint office in Berlin to strongly focus the political message from northern Germany’s wind energy networks on the issue of offshore wind energy, and of serving as a direct contact in Berlin, close to Germany’s federal government, to foster the professional and political debate on expanding the utilisation of offshore wind. OWIA shares office space with the Offshore Wind Energy Foundation and its proximity to other industry associations provides excellent networking opportunities which improve the flow of information to and from Berlin.
The four networks have equal footing in OWIA’s Berlin office; they act collectively and in partnership. Likewise, successful collaboration with the Offshore Wind Energy Foundation in close partnership is and will remain a vital strategy. OWIA is financed exclusively through funding from the participating networks.