UK maintains lead position in offshore wind

The UK has maintained its position as the world leader in offshore wind, according to a new report. The Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) said the UK installed more than […]

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By Priyanka Shrestha

The UK has maintained its position as the world leader in offshore wind, according to a new report.

The Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) said the UK installed more than 2,000MW of wind power last year in a total of 3,813MW of installation, which accounted for around 9% of the European market.

The report showed the UK gets nearly 2% of its electricity consumption from offshore wind and claims it could grow to 17-20% within the next decade.

It also showed the UK has the biggest market for offshore wind in Europe with 2,094MW, followed by Denmark (857MW), Netherlands (247MW) and Germany (200MW).

According to a study by Cambridge Econometrics last year, the UK offshore wind industry has the potential to create 47,000 jobs by 2020.

The country is expected to install a total of 8GW by 2016 and a further 10GW by 2020.