EU adds 1.57GW offshore in 2013

Siemens was again the offshore turbine leader last year

Siemens was again the offshore turbine leader last year

New offshore wind installations in Europe set a fresh record last year with 1.57GW of capacity added – an increase of 34% over 2012 – but growth is set to come to a halt, warns the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA).

EWEA says about 3GW will be added in total over the next two years, but in 2016 and beyond the pipeline of projects will be squeezed, particularly due to policy uncertainties in the key UK and German markets.

The association’s statistics for 2013 show that 418 new offshore wind turbines at 12 wind farms were fully connected last year.  In addition, 104 are awaiting grid connection.

However, most of the additional capacity, or some 1.05GW, came online in the first half of the year, indicating a lot of catching up took place to Log in to read complete article.

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