UK still top for offshore wind but China dominates onshore

Utility Week

The UK may still be a world-beating performer for developing offshore wind energy, but more can still be done onshore, as demonstrated by China’s wind-power growth, the Global Wind Energy Council’s (GWEC’s) secretary general Steve Sawyer has argued.

Indeed, unveiling GWEC’s, Global Wind Report: Annual Market Update 2014, in a recent webinar Sawyer noted that at 813 megawatts (MW) of installed capacity the UK produces more offshore wind energy than the rest of the world combined. Denmark is “a distant second”, he said. In 2014 the annual installed capacity of offshore globally was 1,713MW.

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