Offshore investment tops $19.4 billion on 2014

WORLDWIDE: Investment in offshore wind reached a record $19.4 billion in 2014, more than doubling last year's total.

A foundation to be used at the $3.8 billion Gemini project which reached FID in 2014
A foundation to be used at the $3.8 billion Gemini project which reached FID in 2014

In 2013, $7.5 billion was invested in offshore. The previous offshore record was set in 2010 when $12.8 billion was invested globally. 

The boost to offshore wind helped increase global clean energy investment by 16% to $310 billion - the first rise in investment since 2011.

Figures from Bloomberg New Energy Finance said there were seven billion-dollar offshore projects to reach final investment decisions (FID) in 2014.

These include the $3.8 billion, 600MW Gemini project off the Netherlands and the $2.6 billion, 402MW Dudgeon development in the UK North Sea.

Investment in onshore and offshore wind rose 11% in 2014 to a record $92.4 billion, according to the figures. Wind investment in 2013 totalled $84.4 billion.

Despite the major boost to offshore, most of which is in Europe, total clean energy investment on the continent only rose 1% to $66 billion.

In Australia, investment in clean energy fell 35% to $3.7 billion, the lowest since 2009, as a result of the government's threat to end the Renewable Energy Target scheme.

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