According to the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA), offshore wind turbines could meet 13-17 % of Europe’s electricity need in 2030 if wind power projects get sufficient support. The EWEA’s targets are for Europe’s offshore installed wind power capacity to grow from 1.9 GW in 2009, to 40 GW in 2020 and to 150 GW by 2030.

EWEA has presented a 20-year plan for the development of offshore wind providing a comprehensive approach to constructing a transnational offshore power grid. Building on the 11 grids already in place and the 21 being studied by grid operators in the North and Baltic Seas, EWEA proposes eight additional offshore grids by 2020 and six more by 2030. (Source: Reuters, September 14, 2009)

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