30 Jan '15, 9am

EU offshore wind industry calls for political backing as installation levels fall in 2014

In 2014, 408 new offshore turbines were fully grid connected, adding 1,483 MW to the European system. The total installed capacity for Europe now stands at 8,045MW in 74 offshore wind farms in 11 European countries. Justin Wilkes, deputy chief executive officer of the European Wind Energy Association, said: "It is not surprising that we see a levelling-off of installations in 2014 following a record year in 2013. The industry has seen exponential growth in the early part of this decade and this is a natural stabilising of that progress. Offshore wind will have a monumental part to play in the EU's energy security drive as part of the European Energy Union but it is political determination that will help Europe unlock its offshore wind potential." He added: "The technology and financing are there but we need policymakers to come forward with stable long-term plans to push t...

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