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Europe close to 3 GW offshore wind power

Europe is now close to 3 GW of installed offshore wind power capacity, according to numbers from the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA).

By Renewable Energy Focus staff

Europe has a total of 2.9 GW of installed offshore wind power capacity and a further 19 GW have been consented in Europe’s waters, which could supply 66.6 TWh annually.

The UK is the leader with over 1.3 GW installed, followed by Denmark’s 854 MW and the Netherlands’ 247 MW.

Commenting on the results, RenewableUK, says the offshore wind sector is on track to deliver significant economic benefits, as well as renewable electricity to consumers.

Peter Madigan, RenewableUK Head of Offshore Renewables says: “The UK’s offshore wind roll out is continuing at full speed. Last week the first turbines at Walney and Greater Gabbard have started delivering electricity to the grid. Once completed these two offshore wind farms will take the UK over the 2 GW mark.

"We now need to ensure that we are best poised to capture the full benefits such a massive infrastructure project offers, including increased employment and business activity.”

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