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U.K. Offshore Wind Rises at Record Pace, Boosted by Dong, EON

U.K. offshore wind capacity rose by a record 79 percent in the year to the end of June as four larger projects started generating.

Turbines around U.K. shores increased to 3,321 megawatts from 1,858 megawatts a year earlier, according to an e-mailed study by industry group RenewableUK. The numbers were bolstered by large ventures including the 630-megawatt London Array, the world’s biggest offshore plant owned by Dong Energy A/S, EON SE and Masdar Abu Dhabi Future Energy Co.

The study highlights how offshore wind farms are getting bigger as developers gain experience and the technology matures. It’s also a boost for the industry Britain is relying on to meet renewable goals after reports Centrica Plc may abandon an offshore wind farm unless it gets more state aid.

Growth will continue “as long as government policy is supportive,” RenewableUK Chief Executive Officer Maria McCaffery said in a statement.

Offshore wind additions also outstripped onshore wind for the first time. Turbines on land increased 25 percent to 6,389 megawatts, London-based RenewableUK said.

Combined onshore and offshore wind capacity rose 40 percent in the year, with the new capacity contributing 2 billion pounds ($3.2 billion) for the economy, RenewableUK said.

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