Innovative Energy Consultancy Ltd
Innovative Energy Consultancy Ltd

2012 record year for offshore wind development

Record numbers of offshore wind turbines were erected across Europe in 2012 – an average of one on every working day – according to the European Wind Energy Assosication (EWEA).

In total, 293 giant new turbines were installed across Europe, bringing the total of grid-connected offshore turbines in Europe to 1,662 operating across 55 wind farms.  This resulted in 1.15GW of new capacity last year, and increase of 33% on 2011 installations.

BusinessGreen reported that the UK continued to dominate the market with nearly 60 per cent of Europe’s total offshore wind capacity, followed by Denmark with 18%, Belgium with 8% and Germany with 6%.

Investment is expected to continue this year and next.  Fourteen offshore wind farms are already under construction, providing a further 3.3GW of potential capacity.

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