Offshore wind gets claustrophobic

POLITICO | This sea ain't big enough for all of us.


That's the problem facing Europe's burgeoning offshore wind industry. As new towers are built they can create turbulence in wind flowing to existing turbines, dropping their power production due to the so-called wake effect. As a result, there is growing pressure on countries and the EU to better coordinate new offshore wind developments.


If the issue isn't fixed, it could derail the EU's efforts to boost wind power "twenty-fold” by 2050 as part of the bloc's Green Deal target of becoming climate neutral by mid-century.


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