Despite offshore wind power installations being lower than in the first six months of last year, it remains the fastest growing power sector in Europe, according to Justin Wilkes, the deputy CEO at the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA). There are currently 16 offshore wind farms under construction in Europe, which, once completed, will provide and additional 4,9 GW of power capacity. However, despite significant financing activity in the first half of the year, the contraction in installations that has been witnessed in these first six months may well continue into 2015 and 2016. Total installed offshore wind capacity in Europe is now 7343 MW in 73 wind farms across 11 countries, capable of producing 27 TWh of electricity, enough to meet the needs of over seven million households – or the entire population of the Netherlands.
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