Offshore wind deployment boom ‘too slow’ to meet EU climate target

(Climate Home News, 6 Feb 2020) A record 3.6 gigawatts of new offshore wind capacity was added across Europe in 2019, but the pace of deployment is still too slow to reach Europe’s ambitious climate targets, according to new industry figures.

Ten new offshore wind farms came online last year, bringing the total to 22 GW, according to figures published by WindEurope, a trade association.

The UK accounted for nearly half of the newly-installed capacity, with 1.7 GW, according to WindEurope. Second came Germany (1.1 GW), followed by Denmark (374 MW) and Belgium (370 MW). Portugal was next with 8 MW of newly installed floating offshore wind.

The good news is that costs of new offshore wind farms continued to fall significantly, according to industry figures. Last year’s auctions – in the UK, France and the Netherlands – delivered prices for consumers in the range of €40-50/MWh, WindEurope said.

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Climate Home News, 6 Feb 2020: Offshore wind deployment boom ‘too slow’ to meet EU climate target