SEAS passionately supports increasing offshore wind energy to help us get to Net Zero. We are championing innovate but practical, integrated solutions for transmission network design, that are cheaper for all of Britain's consumers, faster to deliver and better in terms of environmental and community impact.
We propose pooling wind power offshore and transporting it closer to where it is needed (London/South East) using subsea cables, coming onshore at brownfield sites. Our modular offshore grid plans are in line with the leading European wind power design strategies (e.g. Elia in Belgium). The cost benefits of our designs are supported by figures from National Grid ESO's own research about the overall system benefits of offshore integration.
We reject current outdated plans to bring multiple wind projects onshore on the Suffolk Coast, effectively industrialising protected areas of countryside with unnecessary onshore infrastructure, an unacceptable cumulative economic, social and environmental impact, when better solutions are available.
YES to Offshore Wind, NO to Onshore Plans
Offshore Grid is Best
Better, Cheaper, Faster
Suffolk Coastal MP Therese Coffey told a SEAS campaigners' meeting she has been 'unleashed' to help community groups fighting plans to route electricity cables through the Suffolk countryside.
National Grid's plans to site 3 Converter Stations on the East side of Sax. SEAS Fiona Gilmore will present the offshore alternative to industrialising Suffolk Coastal.
National Grid is planning Sealink a 90-mile (145km) project connecting Friston and Richborough in Kent, including connection points on land, to take excess energy out of Suffolk which should go offshore closer to London
SEALINK is an HVDC subsea transmission cable which takes EXCESS power from Friston to Kent. This is the FINAL stage of the process before a DCO (Development Consent Order) application in 2024 so do get involved.
A Government minister Andrew Bowie will be returning to Suffolk next month after a letter signed by 37 councils called for 'greater engagement' on energy projects.
SEAS believes Lord Justice Singh's decision will enable the case for an offshore grid to be advanced, instead of routing the cables from the East Anglia ONE and TWO wind farms through rural areas.
SEAS granted permission to appeal against an earlier decision by the High Court in London, that rejected its calls for a judicial review into UK government consent for substations being built, as part of Iberdrola’s offshore wind mega-project off eastern England.
'Green Energy Casts a Shadow Over a Cherished English Landscape' - Stanley Read visited East Anglia, writing about how "residents of East Anglia fear that planned power lines for offshore wind projects will blight their rural idyll".
6 October: The Times on LionLink consultation, 'Celebrities join campaign against green energy cable at Suffolk village'
"Wind farm interconnector would help to power 1.8m homes, but Walberswick locals say it would be disastrous for the landscape, wildlife and tourism".
Lack of energy plan risks panic-bulldozing - It’s time Government laid out what infrastructure is needed where, or we will rush into destroying our countryside
LOCALS in the seaside village of Walberswick which is home to a number of celebs say it’s being destroyed by huge trenches which are as wide as a motorway.
National Grid launch a public consultation about Norwich to Tilbury pylons, Fiona Gilmore speaks to Luke Deal about the offshore grid alternative.
Congratulations to Aldeburgh & Leiston's new East Suffolk Councillors: Tom Daly (Energy & Climate Change ), Katie Graham (Communities. Leisure, Tourism) and Sarah Whitelock. Also to Caroline Topping the new ESC Leader
Signed by 3,821 people, the petition requests a comparative study for East Anglia of offshore transmission network designs, including with landfall at brownfield sites, properly assessing environmental impacts before current energy proposals are taken further.
Essex, Suffolk & Norfolk Community Groups are jointly demanding a review of an offshore grid linking ALL of East Anglia’s windfarms & interconnectors to offshore energy platforms, subsea cabling power to suitable brownfield landing sites.
Their plan requires future offshore wind farms to be built in Designated Marine Areas, and proposes they will connect to offshore substations designed and built by EirGrid. Britain needs to set up the independent FSO in 2023 and do the same.
SEAS call for Graham Stuart to seize the opportunity presented by developers such as Orsted seeking to renegotiate their contracts for difference.
Court of Appeal grant SEAS permission to proceed to Judicial Review
SEAS Reply to Minister Graham Stuart's 16 Jan letter pinpoints why it is disingenuous and full of false promises.
Fantastic article 'An Offshore Grid is no fantasy' in the East Anglian Daily Times (30 Jan 2023), based on a letter from SEAS founder Fiona Gilmore.
Jerome Mayhew MP at Sheringham Shoal & Dudgeon DCO Open Hearing 17 Jan 2023, calling for an Offshore Transmission Network for East Anglia, cumulative impact assessment and connection point renegotiation.
SEAS Response to National Grid Electricity Transmission (NGET) consultation on Sea Link Interconnector - 18 December 2022
SEAS Response to National Grid Ventures (NGV) consultation on Eurolink Interconnector - 18 December 2022
2022 Review Newsletter: A Review of the Year's Achievements and Festive Greetings to All
SEAS Letter to National Grid CEO John Pettigrew about what needs to happen next - 4 December 2022
Environment secretary calls for a review of Suffolk energy projects - 6 December 2022
SEAS Fiona Gilmore on BBC Radio Suffolk Oct 24th re National Grid's public consultations for Sealink & Eurolink
‘Years of ministerial dithering alongside bad planning have helped deliver the perfect storm’
"SASES strongly supports offshore wind and has only taken this action due to the deep flaws in the onshore aspects of these projects and the associated decision making" SASES
As of early evening on 31 March 2022, ScottishPower Renewables East Anglia One North and East Anglia Two offshore wind projects have been consented.
A difficult time for many and for those directly affected, hard to bear.
We have all challenged and opposed with reason, emotion and determination. Sadly, our voices did not prevail.
Onshore eyesores that come with offshore wind farms to be shrunk.
Plan to reduce unsightly infrastructure such as cables, substations and pylons in government push to get coastal communities onside.
Legal action threatened over wind farms
Communities in Suffolk are threatening legal action. SEAS has sent a pre-action protocol letter to Rt Hon Kwasi Kwarteng urging a rethink before seeking permission to apply for a judicial review.
Campaigners 'devastated' after two large wind farms off Suffolk coast given consent.
"This is extremely bad news for the area ... We're thinking about taking this decision to a judicial review." Fiona Gilmore SEAS
The decision would mean "the devastation of Friston and east Suffolk ... It will mean the loss of 100 acres of farmland at Friston to build the substation." SASES
Concern over imminent decision on wind farms ...
... we are proud of having renewables at sea. We are very proud of it, but we believe that there are better solutions for the sub-stations, not just for habitats and the environment, but also for the local economy ..." Fiona Gilmore, SEAS
"We are recommending brownfield sites ... and have requested a split decision ... to prevent the loss of land designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty ..." Sarah Courage, Kelsale
"Wind energy can be gathered from three or four windfarms at offshore platforms and brought to brownfield hubs ..." Fiona Gilmore, SEAS
Celebrities speak out against onshore energy hub
"Sir ... A split decision is suggested, to continue building wind turbines but to pivot to offshore integrated cabling to brownfield sites."
Dame Joanna Lumley and actor Ralph Fiennes have warned in a joint letter that two planned wind farms off the Suffolk coast could see an area of beautiful countryside "disappear under a sea of concrete".
Green Party, Liberal Democrat and Independent councillors at East Suffolk Council have said further work should be paused ...
"I understand this is a big challenge for Government and developers but our communities really do need to see some action now, after what has been a lot of talking, it is time to get a grip."
"If this means calling a pause to further onshore activity until strategic co-ordination is in place, then so be it"
East Anglian Daily Times, 10 February 2022
Interview with SEAS biodiversity expert Dr. Gill Horrocks The podcast highlights the importance of balancing our need for renewable energy with the need to look after irreplaceable landscapes that bring a richness not just to wildlife but to human habitation and to our communities and to people's quality of life.
National Grid Ventures and Nautilus Interconnector between Suffolk and Belgium.
"Greener solution tabled to replace ‘destructive’ Suffolk energy plans", New Civil Engineer, 20 September 2021
"The onshore aspects of these projects must be rejected" The Rt Hon Dr Therese Coffey MP
Campaigners call for 'split decision' over Suffolk windfarm projects, East Anglian Daily Times, 19 July 2021
The terrifying scale of ground investigation works at the substation site of Friston. A tiny foretaste of what is to come if we do not stop these plans.
Interviews with Sarah Bardwell, Andrew Heald, Jason Gathorne-Hardy, Maggi Hambling, George Pell, Jenny Hall, Tony Bone and others.
New Policy Exchange Report, touts East Coast of England as the best place for an integrated 'Pathfinder' project.
Our congratulations to the two newly elected Councillors for East Suffolk Council. Notably both candidates support a ‘Split Decision’ as a way forward.
THE STORY SO FAR
THE MODERN SOLUTION
Belgium, Germany, Holland and Denmark are already introducing these kinds of integrated offshore grids using offshore platforms and artificial islands for operation by 2030. There is no good reason why the UK cannot do the same. The North Sea Corridor is the modern way forward. Coastal Suffolk is a DEVIATION
A RISING TIDE OF OPPOSITION
WHY IS EAST ANGLIA IS BEING THROWN UNDER A BUS?
WHAT CAN YOU DO
“We destroy plants at our peril. Neither we nor any other animal can survive without them. The time has now come for us to cherish our green inheritance, not to pillage it – for without, we will surely perish.” Sir David Attenborough
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