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Four EU countries to increase offshore wind power capacity tenfold

COPENHAGEN, May 17 (Reuters) - Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands and Denmark will on Wednesday announce a joint pledge to build at least 150 gigawatts (GW) of offshore wind in the North Sea by 2050, Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen told Danish daily Jyllands-Posten.

This would be an almost tenfold increase in the European Union’s offshore wind capacity and comes as the bloc tries to wean itself of planet-warming fossil fuels and its dependency on Russian energy.

“If we are to harvest all the wind that can be harvested in the North Sea, we will have to do it together,” Frederiksen told Jyllands-Posten.

The declaration will be signed at an offshore wind summit in Denmark on Wednesday where the European Commission’s President Ursula von der Leyen and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz will participate among others.

The Danish Prime Minister’s office confirmed Frederiksen’s comments but declined to comment further when contacted by Reuters.

The EU Commission targets 300 GW of wind at sea by 2050 up from the roughly 16 GW installed today. (Reporting by Stine Jacobsen; Editing by Angus MacSwan)

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