Wind: Big, Bigger, Biggest
There’s big, then there’s BIG. Consider three recent announcements about ‘big’ developments in wind generation in the United Kingdom, the European Union, and China.
Dong Energy, Denmark’s state-backed energy utility, announced what it said would be the world’s largest offshore wind farm to date. The 400 sq. mi. Hornsea project 120 mi. off the Yorkshire coast is expected to generate 1.2 GW of power, enough for about a million households, The Guardian reports, dwarfing the previous ‘world’s largest’ wind farm announced last year in Japan.
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The EU, meanwhile, connected a record 3 GW of new offshore wind capacity last year, according to the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA), SeeNews reports. Offshore wind financing also doubled last year in the Union.
And China connected a whopping 30.5 GW of new wind generation in 2015, the Chinese Wind Energy Association said—more than 10 times Europe’s offshore achievement. “The increase,” Renewable Energy World reports, was mainly in anticipation of “a policy lowering the country’s feed-in tariff for wind power in 2016.”