EU forecasts 69% shortfall in offshore output

2020 generation will be just 43TWh, says Commission

Europe's offshore wind electricity output in 2020 is expected to fall far short of targets set by EU member states, according to the European Commission.

Figures published today by the European Commission forecast a 69.2% shortfall in offshore wind-generated electricity compared to targets outlined in member states' national renewable energy action plans (NREAPs). NREAPs are designed to ensure that member states comply with the EU renewable energy directive and its 2020 targets.

According to NREAPs, EU member states are collectively aiming to generate about 140TWh of electricity from offshore wind in 2020. A more likely output is just 43TWh, according to an analysis released by the Commission.

The Commission expects most countries to fail to meet their overall renewable energy consumption targets, let alone their stated offshore wind goals. It blames this on reduced national efforts and difficulties with infrastructure, such as grid connections.

Last week, the Commission launched a debate on renewable energy targets for the post-2020 period. The European Parliament has voted in favour of setting targets for 2030 and the Commission's energy commissioner is also in favour.

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