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Report: UK can Expand Offshore Wind Capacity to 25 GW by 2030

A new report published today shows that the UK can expand its offshore wind capacity to almost five times its current level by 2030 – if the industry keeps delivering.

Image: A long way to go for the UKImage: A long way to go for the UK

The study which is called “Unleashing Europe’s Offshore Wind Potential” was conducted by consultants BVG Associates and demonstrates that it‘s possible for the UK to raise their capacity to at least 25 GW by 2030. That‘s enough power for 20 million homes.

Therefor, the industry has to follow up on its latest changes: Turbines have to become even larger, each with a capacity of 13GW and the market for floating offshore wind farms needs to ramp up.

Trade body RenewableUK’s Executive Director, Emma Pinchbeck, commented on the report, saying: “This report shows what our innovative offshore wind industry can deliver in the years ahead, securing economic growth and cheaper electricity. The Government can help us by continuing to hold fiercely competitive auctions for financial support, as well as putting offshore wind at the heart of its upcoming Industrial Strategy. Clear, bold, modern energy policy will attract billions of pounds of investment”.

Giles Dickson, CEO of WindEurope, said: “The report confirms that the cost reduction seen in offshore wind over the last two years could translate into significant volumes of clean, competitive and reliable power for the UK by 2030. The UK should factor this into their long-term energy planning. We need to see a deployment of at least 4 GW per year in Europe for offshore wind to maintain its cost reduction trend. This would allow offshore wind to be competitive with conventional power before very long.”

Katrin Radtke
UK, offshore, GW, MW

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