Record year for European offshore wind, UK leads the sector

During the first half of 2010, the UK hit 1GW of installed offshore wind capacity accounting for around 40% of pan-European installed capacity.

• UK has half of newly installed European offshore wind farms in first half of 2010

• European total approaches 2.5 gigawatts, a threefold increase since 2006

Renewable UK, the trade association for wind and marine energy - Britain's fastest growing green energy sectors - welcomed today's announcement from the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) that European offshore wind capacity in 2010 has grown faster than in the same period in 2009. RenewableUK has also drawn attention to the fact that 50% of new wind farms installed are in UK waters.

Peter Madigan, Head of Offshore Renewables at RenewableUK, commented:

"Offshore wind build-out is definitely picking up steam across Europe. It is an emphatic endorsement of wind energy as a technology, as countries such as Germany and Denmark, which already have significant onshore wind installations are now pursuing ambitious offshore plans."

During the first half of 2010, the UK hit 1GW of installed offshore wind capacity accounting for around 40% of pan-European installed capacity. It also has a total development pipeline of 49GW, with a potential do deliver 150 terawatt hours (TWh) of electricity per annum, out of the UK's total net consumption of around 315 TWh. The European installed total stands at 2,396 installed megawatts (MW), with another 4,071MW in construction and with planning consent in UK alone.

"Offshore wind can deliver not just electricity, but jobs and business benefits to the UK. Earlier this year we have seen some of the world's best known companies commit to building offshore wind turbines in the UK. This is a once in a generation opportunity and the right time for Government to support the nascent UK offshore sector with well timed investment in ports and infrastructure," said Madigan.

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