Offshore, Project Development, Wind Power

Offshore WindCould Supply 10% of Europe, EWEA Says

New research findings revealed by the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) show that existing and planned European offshore wind projects would, if implemented, supply 10% of Europe’s electricity.

The full extent of existing and planned European offshore wind projects is outlined in a new report called ‘Oceans of Opportunity’, launched by EWEA.

“There is huge developer interest in offshore wind power” said Arthuros Zervos, President of EWEA, who added: “The scale of planned projects is far greater than most people realise.”

The report was backed by EU Energy Commissioner Andris Piebalgs who said: “Harnessing the winds off Europe’s coasts would provide an answer to the global challenges of climate change, depleting indigenous energy resources, increasing fuel costs and the threat of energy supply disruptions. The European Commission is committed to doing everything we can to support offshore wind developers and make sure their planned projects come to fruition”.

Minister Maud Olofsson agreed that “the resource is there and the developers are ready. Provided governments are ready to play their part, we can revolutionise Europe’s energy future.”

Announcing the news at its offshore wind event in Stockholm, Sweden this week, EWEA also presented a 20-year plan offshore network development plan to governments and EU officials.

Accoridng to the group the scheme provides a comprehensive approach to constructing a transnational offshore power grid. Building on the 11 grids already in place and the 21 being studied by grid operators in the North and Baltic Seas, EWEA proposes eight additional offshore grids by 2020 and six more by 2030.

“EWEA’s new offshore network plan will provide a truly pan-European electricity super highway”, said Christian Kjaer, Chief Executive of EWEA. “This will bring affordable electricity to consumers, reduce import dependence, cut CO2 emissions and allow Europe to access its largest domestic energy source – offshore wind.”