Ocean energy: a truly local, and secure, energy supply
This week, EWA made its contribution to the consultation on the design of the EU electricity market. Energy is on everyone's mind these days. The drive to transform our energy system into a sustainable one with the right level of security of supply has probably never been greater.
A significant part of Europe's population and energy needs are concentrated in coastal areas. Renewable energy from the sea, therefore, makes sense. Ocean energy sources, such as waves, tides, and salinity gradient power, complement other more established renewable energy sources, such as hydro, wind, and solar.
The technologies to exploit these sources are "made in Europe" and thus contribute to energy security not only because they use a local renewable resource, but also because they are produced by a local industry and supply chain.
These renewables deserve support to benefit from the above-mentioned values and others, such as better spatial and grid connectivity. Market design adjustments should recognise such benefits to enable the further establishment of ocean energy as a truly local, thus secure, energy component. A logical energy system is always composed of a mix of sources. Biomass, wind, solar, geothermal, and hydro are renewable sources, each with their own merits, but only together can they provide everything we need: renewable, affordable, and secure energy for Europe.
Read our full reaction to the consultation in the document below, with thanks to Maarten Berkhout of Seaqurrent and Peter Scheijgrond of Bluespring for their input.
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