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Europe added record 3.6GW of offshore wind capacity in 2019, trade group says


A record volume of new offshore wind capacity was installed in Europe in 2019, according to research by trade body WindEurope.

WindEurope said 3.6GW was built offshore last year, with 10 new wind farms coming online across five countries.

The UK accounted for nearly half of the new capacity with 1.7GW, followed by Germany (1.1GW), then Denmark (374MW) and Belgium (370MW).

Total offshore capacity in Europe is now 22GW, with the UK and Germany accounting for three-quarters, and Denmark, Belgium and the Netherlands nearly all of the rest. Offshore wind farms are also getting bigger, WindEurope said. The average size is now over 600MW, up from 300MW in 2010.

Offshore wind costs also continue to fall significantly, with last year’s auctions in the UK, France and the Netherlands delivering prices for consumers in the range of €40-50 a megawatt-hour.

The trade body said these prices are cheaper than building new gas, coal or nuclear power plants.

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