UK boosts offshore wind pipeline to 86 GW

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March 22 (Renewables Now) - The UK’s offshore wind pipeline has expanded by 60% over the past year to reach 86 GW now, more than any other country’s, industry group RenewableUK said today.

The increase was fueled by leasing rounds that saw 8 GW awarded by the Crown Estate and 25 GW by Crown Estate Scotland.

The overall pipeline includes projects that are in operation, under construction, consented or seeking permission, and under development.

"It’s clear that offshore wind will be doing the heavy lifting as we secure our clean home-grown energy supplies and move faster towards independence from unstable fossil fuel imports," said RenewableUK’s chief executive Dan McGrail.

While China’s fully operational offshore wind capacity, at 24 GW, exceeds that of the UK, 10.5 GW, the UK’s total pipeline is larger than China’s, which stands at 75 GW.

According to RenewableUK’s latest EnergyPulse report, the world’s total offshore wind pipeline has grown by 200 GW in the past 12 months to 517 GW.

In terms of total pipeline size, the UK and China are followed by the US with 48 GW, Sweden with 39 GW, Australia with close to 31 GW, Vietnam, Ireland, Germany and Taiwan.

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