EWEA names UK leader in offshore wind

Latest offshore wind statistics released by the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) confirm that the UK is the European and world leader in the sector, with 1,341MW installed.

The UK is followed by Denmark (854MW), the Netherlands (249MW), Belgium (195MW) and Sweden (164MW). Germany, Ireland, Finland and Norway have a further 145MW between them.

RenewableUK, the renewable-energy trade association, hailed the results as more evidence that 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, said: ’The UK’s offshore wind roll out is continuing at full speed. Last week the first turbines at Walney and Greater Gabbard started delivering electricity to the grid. Once completed, these two offshore wind farms will take the UK over the 2GW mark.’

The EWEA’s report states that there are now a total of 1,136 offshore wind turbines in the UK.

It also claims that 19,000MW of offshore wind capacity has already been approved in Europe and, if constructed, would generate 66.6 terawatt hours of electricity in a normal wind year.