The Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) estimates that the end of 2015, more than 91% of all offshore wind installations were located in waters off the coast of European countries The remaining 9% of the installed capacity is located largely in China, followed by Japan and South Korea.
Europe’s cumulative installed capacity at the end of 2015 reached 11 GW, across a total of 3,230 wind turbines. 14 projects were completed in 2015. Work is on-going on six projects in Germany, the Netherlands and the UK. Including sites under construction, there are now 84 offshore wind farms in 11 European countries.
With installed capacity now capable of producing approximately 40.6 TWh in a normal wind year, there is enough electricity from offshore wind to cover 1.5% of the EU’s total electricity consumption.
|Source:||GWEC - Global Wind Report - Annual Market Update 2015|