UK’s offshore pipeline now 86GW

New research published today by RenewableUK shows the UK’s total pipeline of offshore wind projects is now more than eight times our current operational capacity at 86GW.

The pipeline includes projects which are fully operational, under construction, consented, in the planning system or being developed for submission into planning. This represents a 60 per cent increase over the past 12 months, driven mainly by massive leasing round announcements by The Crown Estate (8GW) and Crown Estate Scotland (25GW).

The statistics, compiled for RenewableUK’s latest EnergyPulse report, also show that the total global offshore wind pipeline has reached 517GW.

China now has more capacity fully operational than the UK (24GW compared to our 10.5GW), but the UK’s total pipeline of 86GW is bigger than China’s 75GW. The US is in third place with 48GW in its pipeline.

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