UK Offshore Wind Industry Predicted to Double by 2020
Two new reports released by the Crown Estate suggest that the UK offshore wind industry will double its capacity by 2020, therefore being able to meet 10% of the country’s energy demands.
During the Global Offshore Wind 2014 conference the Crown Estate announced their findings from two separate studies; The Offshore Wind Operational Report 2014, and the Sharing Lessons Learned and Good Practice in Offshore Transmission report. The combination of the two highlighted trends in growth and solutions to minimising costs. The Offshore Wind Operational Report 2014 stated 11.5TWh of energy was generated in 2013, supplying 3.3% of the country’s energy demand, which is the equivalent of powering 2.7 million homes.
Four of the UK’s most productive wind farms delivered half of production in 2013. However, with 1465 wind turbines currently in operation and £750m of investment being injected into the industry, doubling the UK’s offshore wind capacity by 2020 appears to be a realistic target.
Following the reports, the UK Energy Minister Michael Fallon and the Scottish Energy Minister Fergus Ewing have aired their support for UK’s fast growing offshore wind industry at the same conference.
For all the latest news and discussion, follow us on Facebook
Image Credit: Crown Estate
Article by Jack Bartrop