Record wind power deployment still not enough, industry says

Last year saw an unprecedented increase in offshore wind power in Europe, with 502 new turbines increasing total generation capacity by almost a fifth, an industry association announced on Thursday.

However, this is still not enough to achieve the stated aims of governments to deploy some 100 GW of capacity through the next decade, according to WindEurope CEO Giles Dickson, nor will the installation rate meet the aims of the European Green Deal, which calls for net-zero emissions by 2050.

“The EU Commission says we need up to 450 GW of offshore by 2050. That means 7 GW new offshore wind every year by 2030 and 18 GW by 2050,” Dickson said. “Last year we built a record amount, but only 3 GW.”

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