“Offshore wind is fast growing within the UK and deployments of this form of marine renewables is leading the world, albeit with European technology”.
The total offshore generating capacity in UK waters provides around 8 terawatt-hours (TWh) of electricity annually, equivalent to the electricity consumption of around 2 million homes.
In addition to the capacity already installed a further 10.8GW is either in construction or has planning approval, and a further 5.8GW is in the planning system.
Industry projections see a total of around 6GW of capacity installed by 2016 and around 10GW installed by 2020, by which point offshore wind will supply between 8 and 10 per cent of the UK’s electricity annually.
Employment growth in the sector has been substantial since the numbers were first sourced in 2008 and now stands at around 6,830 full time employees.