EU offshore wind power market remained stable in 2011, with 866 MW fully grid-connected across nine offshore wind farms; nine farms under construction will bring additional 2,375 MW, increasing total capacity by 62%

Tracy McDonald

Tracy McDonald

Jan 19, 2012 – European Wind Energy Association

BRUSSELS , January 19, 2012 (press release) – 2011 was a stable year for the offshore wind industry with 235 new offshore wind turbines grid connected, worth approximately 2.4 billion Euros.

Today the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) published its annual offshore wind statistics for 2011 in Brussels showing that 235 new turbines with a total power capacity of 866 Megawatts (MW) were fully grid connected across nine offshore wind farms.

Annual installed new offshore wind turbine capacity (fully grid connected)

   2008          2009          2010          2011
327 MW    584 MW     883 MW     866 MW

Nine offshore wind farms currently under construction will bring online an additional 2375 MW – increasing the EU’s total installed offshore wind power capacity by 62%.

Across the EU, a total of 1371 offshore turbines have now been grid connected, with a total power capacity of 3813 Megawatts in 53 wind farms in 10 European countries.

EWEA’s target for installed EU offshore wind power capacity by 2020 is 40,000 MW, producing approximately 4% of the EU’s total electricity consumption.

“The offshore wind sector witnessed a stable market in 2011”, said Justin Wilkes, Policy Director of EWEA. He added: “Despite the economy-wide financial squeeze, 2011 saw a 40 per cent increase on the previous year in offshore non-recourse debt financing , up from 1.46 billion Euros in 2010 to 2.05 billion Euros in 2011.”

“The strong project pipeline and financial developments highlight the importance of countries continuing to provide and develop stable long-term frameworks for offshore wind power in order to allow the industry to continue its development,” he went on.

The majority (87%) of all newly installed and grid connected offshore wind power in 2011 was in British waters. Siemens supplied 80% of the MW installed offshore last year while SSE and RWE Innogy were the most active developers and DONG Energy continued to be the most active equity player in offshore wind power.

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