The UK currently leads the world in offshore power with more installed capacity than any other country, according to a new report from the Global Wind Energy Council.
The report found that Britain also now generates more than 30 per cent of the world’s total offshore installations.
By 2030, the UK’s offshore wind will provide one-third of its energy mix – creating a potential 27,000 new jobs in the industry.
The cost of new offshore energy in the UK has halved since 2015 thanks to government policies that encourage offshore rather than onshore wind.
Just three countries – the UK, Germany and China – make up more than 80 per cent of total offshore wind installations worldwide, according to the report.
As a relative newcomer to offshore wind generation, Germany’s offshore wind capacity has grown rapidly over the past just ten years.
China, though, is poised to soon become the global offshore wind leader.
Last year, it installed and connected more capacity than any other country – and the rate at which it is adding new offshore capacity will double from two to four gigawatts a year by 2025.
Jiangsu Province in eastern China leads the country’s offshore industry.
This January, the province approved 24 new offshore projects, which will all become operational early next year – adding a further 6.7 gigawatts at a cost of more than $18 billion.