UK remains offshore champion

Compared to the newly installed capacity in 2009, this is an increase by 51 %. According to EWEA, the new turbines were erected in nine wind farms in five European countries, making a total of 1,136 turbines with a capacity of 2,964 MW. The newly installed capacity in 2010 is worth some € 2.6 billion, says EWEA.

The new figures of the association show that the United Kingdom is still the European (and world) leader, with a total installed offshore wind capacity of 1,341 MW, followed by Denmark with 854 MW, the Netherlands (249 MW), Belgium (195 MW), Sweden (164 MW), Germany (92 MW), Finland (26 MW), Ireland (25 MW) and Norway with 2.3 MW.

The EWEA expects between 1,000 and 1,500 MW of new offshore wind power capacity to be fully grid connected in Europe during 2011, compared with 883 MW of new capacity in 2010. Ten European wind farms are currently under construction with a total of 3,000 MW, and a total of 19,000 MW of offshore wind capacity is already fully consented. If constructed, the farms would generate 66.6 TWh of electricity in an average wind year – enough to supply 14 of the largest capitals in Europe.

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