4.9 GW of new offshore wind capacity under construction in Europe

Published:  02 September, 2014

Despite offshore wind power installations being lower than in the first six months of last year, it remains the fastest growing power sector in Europe, according to Justin Wilkes, deputy chief executive officer at the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA). 



There are currently 16 offshore wind farms under construction in Europe, once completed they will bring online 4.9 GW of power capacity.

However Wilkes warned: “Despite significant financing activity in the first half of the year, the contraction in installations we have witnessed in these first six months, may well continue into 2015 and 2016.

“To ensure healthy growth in the latter part of the decade, and to ensure offshore wind energy plays its role in meeting the EU’s competitiveness, security, renewable and climate objectives, the industry must be given longer-term visibility. An ambitious deal on the 2030 Climate and Energy package by the EU’s Heads of State in October would send the right signal, making their decision particularly important for the offshore wind sector.”

The total number of installed offshore wind capacity in Europe is now 7,343 MW in 73 wind farms across 11 countries, capable of producing 27 TWh of electricity, enough to meet the needs of over 7 million households – or the entire population of the Netherlands.

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