The offshore race: How do the US and European markets compare?
- Jun 20, 2019 7:12 pm GMT
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Offshore wind energy is increasingly growing in prominence around the world. Stronger, more consistent winds out at sea can generate high volumes of energy, which, in turn, could make wind energy production more efficient. At present, it seems that Europe is ahead of the USA in offshore wind. So, why is this the case, and what do the two regions have planned for the future?
Europe and the USA are both world leaders in wind energy. Both have experienced a boom over the last few decades, with the two different regions relying more heavily on the sustainable form of electricity generation. Europe is pushing ahead with offshore wind, highlighted by the Hornsea 1 project in the UK – the largest offshore wind farm in the world. While offshore wind is present in the US, it is some way behind Europe. Why is this? Is it due to political policy, availability of resources, or simply preference? Let’s take a look at the situation in more detail.
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