EWEA forecasts that between 1 and 1.5GW of new offshore capacity will be grid connected in Europe during 2011.
Ten wind farms, totalling 3GW, are under construction and Europe’s installed offshore capacity will increase to 6.2GW when completed.
19GW are currently fully consented, and if constructed would generate 66.6TWh of electricity in a normal wind year - enough to supply 14 of Europe’s largest capitals with electricity.
The statistics confirm that the UK is the sector leader with 1341MW installed. It is followed by Denmark (854MW), the Netherlands (249MW), Belgium (195MW) and Sweden (164MW).
Germany, Ireland, Finland and Norway have a further 145MW between them.