AMBITIOUS European Union goals for offshore wind – 230-450GW by 2050 – are achievable, according to a new report, if the right investments in electricity grids are made and governments take the correct approach to maritime spatial planning. And the study by the voice of the wind industry, WindEurope, has suggested that 85% could come from the “north seas” – the Atlantic off France, Ireland and the UK, the North Sea, Irish Sea and Baltic Sea. The organisation compiled the report – Our energy, our future – for the energy ministers of the 10 north seas countries who co-ordinate their work on offshore wind with each other and the European Commission. It was released yesterday at Offshore 2019 in Copenhagen, examining where 450GW of offshore wind could be deployed most cost-effectively around Europe, bearing in mind there is only 20GW today. The report concluded that 212GW should be deployed in the North Sea, 85GW in the Atlantic, 83GW in the Baltic and 70GW in the Mediterranean and other Southern European waters. It said this reflects the relative wind resources, proximity to energy demand and the location of the supply chain.
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ScottishPower Renewables has unveiled plans to create a 3.1GW East Anglia Hub by combining three offshore wind projects. It is integrating East Anglia One North, Two and Three into one single delivery programme and will be procured together to leverage their scale with a continuous installation project. The company says this will help speed up the development of the offshore projects, which will require a combined investment of £6.5 billion, with the aim of starting construction in 2022. East Anglia Three, which will have a capacity of 1.4GW, already has planning consent and applications for the rest of the capacity have been submitted.
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