Offshore wind power

Renewables    Sep 2, 2019 11:45 AM

The world is looking for new energy alternatives to combat pollution levels and concerns about global warming. The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (LNER), reported on the growth prospects of offshore wind energy.

According to El Nuevo Siglo, LNER estimates that the accumulated capacity of offshore wind market will increase from 154 gigawatts (GW) at present to 193GW in 2030, with a long-term forecast of more than 500GW.

The reported says that the global wind industry had a record 5,652 megawatts (MW) of offshore wind capacity in 2018. The global cumulative installed capacity of offshore wind power increased to 22,592MW distributed in 176 operational projects at the end of last year.

“The global pipeline for offshore wind power development capacity was approximately 272,000 MW,” the report pointed out.

LNER commented that the global pipeline for floating offshore wind energy reached 3,100MW in 2018, with 38 projects announced and 44MW of operational projects.

The laboratory commented that the development of offshore wind energy projects and the operating pipeline of the US grew 1.4% to a power generation capacity of 25,824MW. The industry estimates that the US offshore wind capacity could grow from 11GW to 16GW in 2030.

The LNER recalled that U.S authorized new commitments in Massachusetts (1,600MW by 2035), New York (6,600MW by 2035) and New Jersey (2,400MW added by 2030).

The report pointed out that the floating marine wind energy pilot projects are moving forward, with a global pipeline that reached 3,100MW in 2018, with 29 projects announced and 44MW of operational projects.

The LNER report analyzed the status of 176 offshore wind projects in operation in 2018. In addition, the laboratory made an analysis of 838 projects in development stages globally.

Bottom-Line: Colombia has great potential in renewable energies and authorities must create the regulatory framework and incentives to take advantage of it.

This is a long road and commitment to the long term, but it seems like renewable energy projects are on the right track.

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