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Wild is the Wind: Who is stepping up for offshore wind farms?

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The use of sea-based wind power is proving to be a smart strategy for the European energy policy. It not only reduces greenhouse emissions and strengthen the security of supply, but also generates local employment and provides local cohesion. Therefore, next time you see one of those impressive wind turbines at sea, remember: the turn of the blades is improving both EU environmental protection and competitiveness worldwide.

In fact, Europe has continued to power up record levels in 2017. Offshore installations grew a 101% compared to 2016, with an announced investment of €7,5bn, according to the latest report recently released by Wind Europe, the European Association of wind industry (Wind in power 2017). Those are quite significant figures that will contribute to achieve the goal stated in the Energy Roadmap[i]: “By  2050  wind  power  provides  more  electricity  than  any  other  technology  in the  High  Renewables  scenario”. The European Commission reported in 2017: “the deployment of wind power more than quadrupled over the period 2004-2015 and currently accounts for around one third of renewable electricity”. Four countries: Sweden, Germany, the UK, and Denmark, are all above the targets set in their respective National Renewable Energy Action Plans (NREAP)[ii].

Wind Farm Map of EuropeAre you wondering who is stepping up for offshore wind farms in the EU? EMODnet-Human Activities-Wind Farms offers you a map of the current status, allowing to zoom on the details at country level. If you are a newcomer, welcome to the EMODnet-Human Activities! Whenever provided by the original sources, you will find the maritime location for the wind farms, distance from coast, number of turbines, power (MW), start date and functional state (Authorised, Operational, Planned, Production, Under construction).  If you have visited us before, find now the latest update on wind farms from December 2017.

Just click and you will notice the countries that are ahead in the offshore wind-farm turnaround. Last year, the United Kingdom and Germany leaded by far the new installations, followed by Belgium and Finland. As you may know offshore is costly and more complex that land-based wind energy, but not all are bad news as winds are generally stronger and more consistent at sea and wind turbines can be bigger! Now we have relative mature technology and the industry has been able to bring down the costs, so watch up for updates about the offshore wind farms as a blowing of new farms is yet to come.

The Human Activities Team’

[i] COMMUNICATION FROM THE COMMISSION TO THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT, THE COUNCIL, THE EUROPEAN ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL COMMITTEE AND THE COMMITTEE OF THE REGIONS Energy Roadmap 2050. COM(2011) 885 final, Brussels, 15.12.2011 http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=COM:2011:0885:FIN:EN:PDF

[ii] REPORT FROM THE COMMISSION TO THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT, THE COUNCIL, THE EUROPEAN ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL COMMITTEE AND THE COMMITTEE OF THE REGIONS Renewable Energy progress Report, COM(2017) 57 fin Brussels, 1.2.2017 http://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/PDF/?uri=CELEX:52017DC0057&qid=1488449105433&from=EN

 

The information and views set out in this blog are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official opinion of the European Commission. Neither the European Commission nor any person acting on the European Commission's behalf may be held responsible for the use which may be made of the information therein.

March 19th, 2018 | Written by

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