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Unleashing Europe's offshore wind potential

Published on 01 June 2017


The offshore wind industry is moving fast from a niche technology to a mainstream supplier of low-carbon electricity. There are 12.6 GW of offshore wind operating in Europe. Recent government auction results show that the industry has achieved unprecedented levels of competitiveness through rapid progress in technology, industrial growth and a reduction in the cost of capital.

Offshore wind is expected to produce 7% to 11% of the EU’s electricity demand by 2030. This is only a fraction of the resource potential available in the European sea basins.

This report prepared for WindEurope by BVG Associates and Geospatial Enterprises, highlights the economically attractive offshore wind resource that is potentially available to Europe in three sea basins (the Baltic, North Sea and Atlantic from France to the north of the UK) in 2030.

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