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Onshore wind is a proven, mature technology with an extensive global supply chain and offshore wind is also expected to grow rapidly.

Wind Tall

Key findings

Offshore wind technical potential and electricity demand, 2018


Offshore wind has remarkable potential

The global offshore wind market grew nearly 30% per year between 2010 and 2018. Yet today's offshore wind market doesn't even come close to tapping the full potential – with high-quality resources available in most major markets, offshore wind has the potential to generate more than 420000 TWh per year worldwide. This is more than 18 times global electricity demand today.

Offshore wind power generation in the Sustainable Development Scenario, 2000-2030


Cost reductions, technology improvements and rapid deployment achieved in Europe need to be extended to other regions

Compared with record 32% growth in 2017, offshore wind electricity generation increased only 20% in 2018. Given its relatively small base, offshore wind growth must accelerate even further to reach the generation levels demonstrated in the Sustainable Development Scenario.

Onshore wind power generation in the Sustainable Development Scenario, 2000-2030


More efforts are needed in onshore wind power

In 2018, onshore wind electricity generation increased by an estimated 12%, while capacity additions only grew 7%. However, more efforts are needed: annual additions of onshore wind capacity need to increase much faster through 2030 to get on track with the Sustainable Development Scenario.