UK’s Offshore Wind Capacity Exceeds 5GW

RenewableUK, the trade association for the wind and marine energy industries, is highlighting the fact that 5.054GW is now installed in UK waters, which is a significant milestone in the sector.

The threshold was crossed when Gwynt y Mor wind farm, off the coast of North Wales, was officially inaugurated last week. The wind farm has a capacity of 576 megawatts, which is the second largest in the world behind the London Array in the Thames Estuary.

RenewableUK’s Deputy Chief Executive, Maf Smith, said: “This is an important landmark, which no other country is anywhere close to equalling, as we have more offshore wind installed than the rest of the world put together. It’s further evidence of how much the UK has achieved in developing the offshore wind industry in a short space of time – and there’s a healthy pipeline of projects still to come, as long as Government policy remains supportive. Today’s record capacity translates into decades of clean energy, thousands of green jobs and less dependence on fossil fuels.”

The news comes just 2 days before RenewableUK’s Global Offshore Wind conference on 24th-25th June at ExCel in London Docklands.

The Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change Amber Rudd will address delegates at the opening session on Wednesday 24th June.

A press conference will be held at the event, to launch a document putting forward the case for the new Government to support offshore wind.

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