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Europe's Offshore Wind Installations Fall Behind Target

Jan 28, 2013
Source: 
(Reuters)

The number of wind turbines built in European waters is lagging behind targets by nearly 1,000 megawatts (MW), the equivalent of around 330 turbines, an industry report showed on Sunday.

A total of 4,994 MW of offshore wind capacity is currently producing electricity in Europe's waters, but European Union (EU) countries had targeted an installation of 5,829 MW by the end of 2012, data published by the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) showed.

The EU wants to generate 20 percent of its energy consumption from renewable sources by 2020 in a bid to cut climate-harming emissions and its member states had to estimate yearly targets outlining how they would gradually contribute to the overall goal.

A comparison against the countries' 2012 targets for offshore wind showed France and Germanyespecially lagged heavily behind their goals.