The Anonymous Widower

North Seas Countries Commit To 260 GW Of Offshore Wind By 2050

The title of this post, is the same as that of this article on Renewables Now.

This is the first two paragraphs.

The nine member countries of the North Seas Energy Cooperation (NSEC) on Monday committed to at least 260 GW of offshore wind energy by 2050.

The NSEC aims to advance offshore renewables in the North Seas, including the Irish and Celtic Seas, and groups Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and the European Commission.


Intermediate targets are 76 GW by 2030 and 193 GW by 2040.

The UK has a target of 50 GW by 2030, of which 5 GW will be floating offshore wind.

The UK is not mentioned, but has joint projects with the Danes, Germans, Irish, Norwegians, Spanish and Swedes.

There is nothing about energy storage or hydrogen!

On the figures given, I think we’re holding our own. But then we’ve got more sea than anybody else.

September 13, 2022 - Posted by | Energy | , , , , , , , , , , ,


  1. We are doing well and lets hope the average wind speed picks up as we goto into Autumn as output has been poor across the summer months. The last week has seen coal on the system every night with upto 1.5GW to keep the lights on although i suspect the stupid price of gas, since reduced, maybe playing a role in that. What remains frustrating is how our politicians say we are world leaders maybe in installation rates but not in home grown manufacturing of the high value kit. Yes we make the blades but not the expensive nacelles nor the high voltage transformers and switchgear nor the cables although seems that will improve. To me this is an utter failure of governments policy not have ensure more of the kit is manufactured here even if its an offshoot of Siemens, Hitachi, Vesta or Heerema Marine.

    Comment by Nicholas Lewis | September 13, 2022 | Reply

    • I agree with you about the manufacturing, but I do think we do OK with switchgear. We are also building a cable factory. Perhaps, we should concentrate on doing the parts of manufacture, that need lots of electricity. It looks like the only thing that does is metal refining. Apparently lithium-ion battery manufacture is a big consumer of electricity and we’re putting one at Blyth, which has lots of wind power and a Norwegian interconnector. Get our electricity prices stable and low and we might get another.

      Comment by AnonW | September 13, 2022 | Reply

      • Britishvolt haven’t got the oomf that Tesla have when they build a gigafactory up and running within a year this lot reckon three years.

        Comment by Nicholas Lewis | September 13, 2022

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