Global offshore - Regions in development

Europe juggles ambitious plans with financial realities while others prepare to enter the water. Just as onshore wind power settles into maturity, offshore wind starts to push through with vigour

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Can the progress continue?

Strong political support helped UK offshore wind get off to a confident start, but can the sector contain costs sufficiently to be competitive with other energy sources?

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Controlling offshore costs is top priority

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France reaches tender age

Under huge pressure to meet its 2020 target, France is struggling to find the right formula to kick-start its offshore drive, which is further hampered by vocal opponents

Optimism diluted by deep water dilemma

An absence of near-shore sites and the economic crisis have left German energy giants with major problems as they seek to replace phased-out nuclear power with offshore wind. The taxpayer may have to dig deep to get the sector up and running

Major turbine makers start building big

China's offshore targets are highly ambitious, with 30GW planned for 2020. Despite delays due to discord between state bodies, high construction costs and low feed-in tariffs, turbine makers are pressing ahead with big offshore prototypes. But are they jumping the gun?

US inches forward but still lacks momentum

While industry analysts issue bleak predictions for the near future, there is still guarded optimism that the US offshore wind sector can finally put some turbines in the water, if efforts to extend the investment tax credit prove successful

Deliver on eastern promise

Japan and South Korea have struggled to keep pace onshore but have big plans to develop offshore wind. Co-ordinated action will be needed, however, to exploit resources fully

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