Offshore wind delivers 6.1 GW in 2020 surge

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Just over 6 GW (gigawatt) of offshore wind was installed globally in 2020, with China leading the way as the busiest market, renews.biz reports, citing the Global Wind Energy Council's (GWEC) third edition "Global Offshore Wind Report".

The global offshore wind industry installed 6.1 GW of capacity in 2020, down slightly from a record 6.24 GW in 2019.

China led the world in new installations for the third year in a row with more than 3 GW of offshore wind grid connected in 2020.

Steady growth in Europe accounted for the majority of remaining new capacity, led by the Netherlands, which installed nearly 1.5 GW of new offshore wind in 2020, followed by Belgium with 706 MW. GWEC expects a new record year in 2021, as China's offshore wind sector rushes to install 7.5 GW ahead of the expiry of current feed in tariffs (FiTs).

Around 235 GW of new offshore wind capacity will be installed over the next decade under current policies. 

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