The European Union added 866 MW of offshore wind power capacity in 2011, 80 per cent of it from Siemens AG, the European Wind Energy Association said today.

A total of 235 new turbines were connected to the power grid from nine offshore wind farms, mainly in British waters, the industry group said.

They came after installations totalling 883 MW in 2010, and bring the EU total to 3813 MW of capacity spread across 53 wind farms in 10 countries, said the group.

The association wants European governments to authorise installations by 2020 totaling 40000 MW of capacity, or 4 per cent of electricity consumption in the 27-nation bloc.

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