Germany Offshore Wind added 2.3 GW of wind energy generation in 2015

Germany has a small territory in the North Sea, when compared to both its land area and to its North Sea neighbours. However, the wind energy capacity installed in these waters during was 2.3 GW (2,300 MW) which approximates to the entire onshore wind energy capacity of the Republic of Ireland in 2015. This installation rate demonstrates the suitability of offshore wind energy for rapid deployment at significant scale. There is 3,000 MW of offshore capacity currently ready for Government consent off the east coast of Ireland (www.nowireland.ie/offshore-wind-ireland.html). It is Irish Government policy (Offshore Renewable Energy Development Plan) that this resource should be used but, even in the context of 85% Irish reliance of imported fossil fuels, there is no plan to use it. Read more >>