Wind energy and nature protection can and must advance together in the North Sea

Brussels, 24 June 2021 – The Belgian Offshore Platform (BOP) and 4Sea (Bond Beter Leefmilieu, Greenpeace Belgium, Natuurpunt and WWF-Belgium) are jointly convinced…
Infographic about the benefits of offshore wind energy in Belgium

6 GW offshore wind in the Belgian North Sea: good for the economy and the climate

Brussels 1 June 2021 – In recent years, there has been an acceleration in the implementation of the UN Paris Climate Agreement (2015)…
Wind farms in the Belgian North Sea

First offshore wind energy zone in the Belgian North Sea fully and on time completed

The first wind energy zone in the Belgian North Sea has been fully built within the set timeframe. The last two wind farms…
Picture of a boat in the Belgian Offshore wind farms

Belgium fourth offshore wind power country worldwide before Denmark and the Netherlands

With the installation of Northwester 2 in May Belgium reaches 1,775 MW installed capacity and outranks Denmark as 4th offshore wind energy producer…

François Van Leeuw appointed new chairman of the Belgian Offshore Platform

The Board of Directors of the Belgian Offshore Platform (BOP) has appointed François Van Leeuw as chairman of the BOP. He succeeds…

Winter 2019-2020: offshore wind energy in the Belgian North Sea breaks record

This winter (Nov 2019 – March 2020), offshore wind energy covered ±9% of total electricity demand, which represents a 50% increase over the…

Record Belgian offshore wind energy broken in February

February 2020 was a record month for wind energy in the Belgian North Sea : 804 GWh production (nb: measured at the Elia grid connection…
Storm op zee : windparken zijn blijven draaien

Storm at Sea Ciara: wind turbines kept rotating

Throughout Sunday, electricity was produced in the Belgian North Sea, but due to circumstances not at the maximum production of 1550 MW. The smallest wind…
Parcs éoliens en mer du Nord belge – Avril 2019 / Luchtfoto windpark Northwind in de Belgische Noordzee – april 2019

2.2 million families supplied with clean electricity from the Belgian part of the North Sea in 2020

There are currently six operational wind farms with a total capacity of 1,556 MW in the Belgian part of the North Sea: C-Power,…
Offshore wind energy is a significant building block of the energy transition in Belgium

10 years of wind energy in the Belgian North Sea!

In April 2009, the first 6 wind turbines of the C-Power offshore wind farm started producing the first sparks of green electricity from…

Delivering 450 GW of offshore wind by 2050 is feasible

On June 20, 2019, in Esbjerg, Denmark, North Sea Ministers signed a joint declaration setting an ambitious target of 450 GW of offshore…

Offshore wind energy in the Belgian part of the North Sea: up to 4,000 MW by 2024

The Belgian Offshore Platform hands over 2019-2024 memorandum to the Prime Minister With six offshore wind farms and a 1,556 MW production capacity, Belgium is…

2019: a record year for wind energy in the Belgian part of the North Sea

Five wind farms with a total capacity of 1,186 MW are currently operating in the Belgian part of the North Sea: C-Power, Belwind,…

New space for offshore wind energy = good for the climate and the economy!

Brussels, 7 December 2018 – The federal government approves the North Sea plan proposed by Secretary of State De Backer. The Belgian Offshore Platform…

Climate march – renewable energy organisations join the march for decisive and effective climate policy

To mark the start of the United Nations climate summit in Katowice on 3 December, a climate march will take to the streets of Brussels…

Offshore wind energy: in full swing!

The fifth wind farm in the Belgian part of the North Sea started to produce electricity this summer. As a result, the number of families…
Photo of the stunt on the Ostend beach: 15,000 paper windmills were placed, making up the number 1,000,000.

Test your knowledge of offshore wind energy!

Did you know that, as of late 1,000,000 families are already using green electricity from North Sea wind farms? Test your knowledge of offshore wind…

Wind energy from the Belgian part of the North Sea: green electricity for a million families in 2018!

In 2017 in the Belgian part of the North Sea, 2,867 gigawatt hours of electricity was produced, enough to satisfy the average electricity consumption of…

Green light for 716 MW of offshore wind energy in the Belgian part of the North Sea!

After more than a year of uncertainty about the investment climate for the Mermaid, Northwester 2 and Seastar wind farms, the federal government decided on…

Opinion poll: Belgians show huge support for more offshore wind energy to reach climate target

An opinion poll conducted by Kantar TNS between 30 June and 7 July 2017 has revealed that almost nine out of ten Belgians (87.3%) think…

165 MW of new offshore wind capacity operational

The inauguration ceremony of the fourth wind farm off the Belgian coast – Nobelwind – took place on Wednesday 24 May in Ostend, in the…

A positive reception for Prime Minister Michel’s unambiguous statement on climate policy

Prime Minister Michel said yesterday in the Belgian House of Representatives that “failure is not an option in the fight against global warming.” The offshore…

Belgian mussels – coming soon?

Ghent University and the Flanders Research Institute for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (Instituut voor Landbouw- en Visserijonderzoek; ILVO) are…

4 GW of wind energy in the Belgian part of the North Sea?

On 8 February 2017, Belgium’s Federal Secretary of State for the North Sea, Philippe De Backer, launched an initiative to review the marine spatial planning…

15,000 to 16,000 jobs in Belgian offshore wind energy

The Belgian offshore wind industry had grown in just a few years’ time to become an important new industrial sector, which in due course will…

Belgium’s largest offshore wind turbine park – Norther – is fully financed and ready for construction

The construction of Belgium’s largest wind turbine park can now actually get underway. Following approval by the European Commission of the government’s state support proposals,…

Rentel nv has reached financial close for a 309 MW offshore wind project in the Belgian North Sea

Rentel NV has reached financial close for the realization of a new 309 MW offshore wind park off the Belgian coast.

Appointment of a new chairman

The Board of Directors of the Belgian Offshore Platform (BOP) has appointed Jaak Rutten as chairman of the BOP. He succeeds Jean de Leu, who…

Cost of Belgian offshore wind lower than the European average

The support cost to society of helping to finance Belgian offshore wind energy production is lower than in neighbouring countries. The gross income from the…

Appointment of a new secretary-general

The Board of Directors of the Belgian Offshore Platform (BOP) has appointed Annemie Vermeylen as Secretary-General of the BOP. She succeeds Lut Vande Velde, who…

Offshore wind energy acknowledges the new state support mechanism but regrets a continuing lack of clarity on a number of key issues

The government has today reached agreement about the reform of the state support mechanism for offshore wind. With this agreement, the sector hopes it will…

Minister of Energy Marghem recognizes the need for a clear vision on energy and a stable investment climate

Federal Minister of Energy, Marie-Christine Marghem, today jointly opened the EWEA Conference in Paris, one of the most important yearly gatherings of the European wind…

Offshore wind parks produce electricity for 800,000 families

In the first quarter of this year, the 181 wind turbines in the Belgian area of the North Sea produced 722,000 MWh of renewable energy.

Wind at sea gives energy to our economy

Offshore wind energy is playing an increasingly important role in the renewable energy sector. In due course, the production of wind energy at sea will…

Renewable energy: (more than ever) the self-evident solution

"Each year, more than 9,200 new jobs are created through the development of renewable sources of energy, with a further 2,700 jobs being created for…

Offshore wind sector is ready for the winter

In recent months, the operators of the offshore wind turbine parks in the North Sea have completed a preventative maintenance programme in order to ensure…

Offshore wind crucial for Belgian security of supply and energy independence

By 2020, offshore wind energy will supply 10 % of Belgium's electricity needs. A local production capacity and security of supply also serve the wider…

Offshore wind energy: lack of clarity and limited duration of the new support mechanism threaten future investment

The remaining ambiguities in the royal decree of 4 April 2014 concerning “the setting up of mechanisms for promoting electricity generated from renewable energy sources”,…

Nuclear decommissioning: Belgians have a clear preference for renewable energy production

An IPSOS survey (commissioned by the renewable energy federations ODE, EDORA and BOP) shows that almost seven out of every ten Belgians has a preference…

Top wind months for C-Power

The C-Power wind park, which was officially inaugurated in September of last year, operated at full capacity in December and January, producing in those two…

Reform of state support for offshore wind: agreement with the federal government

Yesterday (19-12-2013), the government reached agreement about the reform of the support mechanism for offshore wind. This brings to an end a period of uncertainty…

New record for the production of wind powered electricity in Belgium

This afternoon the Belgian record for the production of electricity by wind power was broken. Grid operator ELIA recorded a production level of 1,200 MW.

Offshore wind works

Kanaal Z (NL) – 23/09/2013…

Parkwind has agreed a strategic partnership with the Japanese industrial group Sumitomo. As a result, the current investors in Parkwind and its management team, as…

Belgian offshore activities in the news

VRT - Eén 14/08/2013: The 7 O'clock News - Wind turbines VRT - Eén 15/08/2013: The 7 O'clock News - Wind turbines…