A record year for UK Offshore wind energy projects
A new report from WindEurope highlights a record year for Europe and UK offshore wind projects.
Offshore wind is quickly becoming a mainstream energy source for nations, with installation costs tumbling at record rates. The UK enjoyed its “greenest year ever” in 2017, and offshore projects played a big part in that. Across Europe, the trajectory also looks promising, with WindEurope’s latest report outlining huge growth in the market.
Chief executive at WindEurope, Giles Dickson said: “Offshore wind is now a mainstream part of the power system and the costs have fallen rapidly. Investing in offshore wind today costs no more than in conventional power generation. It just shows Europe’s ready to embrace a much higher renewable target for 2030. 35% is easily achievable. Not least now that floating offshore wind farms are also coming on line.”
Of the new capacity added to the grid in 2017, the UK and Germany accounted for the most, adding 1.7 GW and 1.3 GW respectively. The UK leads the charge for offshore wind projects, accounting for 53% of all net capacity brought online. 67% of all net capacity installations occurred in the North Sea.
A further 400MW deriving from UK Round 3 projects will connect to the grid in 2018. The offshore market will continue to centre around the UK, as the nation adds 3.3GW of new grid-connected capacity by 2020, well ahead of Germany’s scheduled 2.3 GW pipeline.
The UK accounts for the largest amount of installed offshore capacity across Europe at 43%, with Germany following at 34%. Despite adding no new projects in 2017, Denmark sits third with an 8% share, in front of the Netherlands (7%) and Belgium (6%).
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