Global offshore wind grows 16 per cent

RenewableUK has released figures showing that offshore wind has grown by 16 per cent in the last year, with the US gaining the most capacity and accounting for half (48 per cent) of growth globally despite a less environmentally friendly political climate.

The UK, however, remains the largest single market with projects in the pipeline totalling over 38.4GW and the recent Sector Deal should see offshore wind creating a third UK energy needs by 2030.

The growth in the US means that the country has surpassed both China (12GW) and Taiwan (8.9GW) to become the third largest global market. Germany is the second largest single country market.

Commenting on the new figures, RenewableUK’s CEO Hugh McNeal said: “The UK is putting offshore wind at the heart of our energy future and markets across the globe are following our lead. Other countries are racing to match world leaders like the UK, opening up opportunities for export and investment across the globe. Innovation in offshore wind will help transform the UK’s energy system and set global trends in new markets.”

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