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Offshore wind in Europe grew 25% in 2017

EWPA's blog - eteap February 6, 2018

2017 was a record year for offshore wind in Europe according to statistics released today by WindEurope. Europe installed 3.1 GW of new offshore wind, taking total capacity to 15.8 GW, an increase of 25% in just one year.

Most of the 13 new offshore wind farms were completed in UK and Germany but for the first time ever also Finland announced building two offshore wind farms. Europe now has over 4,000 offshore wind turbines operating across 11 countries. The average size of the new turbines was 5.9 MW, a 23% increase on 2016. And the average size of the new offshore wind farms was 493 MW, a 34% increase in 2016.

A further 11 offshore wind farms are currently under construction, and they’ll add another 2.9 GW.  The project pipeline should then give us 25 GW total by 2020. But offshore wind in Europe remains heavily concentrated in a small number of countries: 98% of it is in the UK, Germany, Denmark, the Netherlands and Belgium.

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