Europe’s offshore wind progress ‘too dependent on UK’
European wind power industry body WindEurope has confirmed that Europe added 4.5GW of wind energy capacity in the first half of 2018.
The figure is down on the same period last year (6.1GW) though is in line with expectations.
The 1.1GW of offshore wind was mainly in the UK (911MW), Belgium (175MW) and Denmark (28MW). Germany is set to install new offshore wind in the second half of the year. There was 3.3GW of onshore wind, driven by Germany (1.6GW), France (605MW) and Denmark (202MW).
For the whole of 2018, Europe expects to see 3.3GW new offshore wind and10.2 GW of onshore wind. This will mean 13.5GW of new wind capacity in total for the year.
WindEurope Chief Policy Officer Pierre Tardieu said: “We are on track for a solid year in new wind farm installations but the growth is driven by just a handful of markets.”
“In offshore wind, Europe is too dependent on the UK, which is striding ahead in current installations and in committing to future volumes. By contrast, the rate of new installations has slowed down in Germany. Other countries also need to beef up and speed up their plans on offshore wind.”
By Jake Frith
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