“The UK’s position as a world leader in offshore wind power will be undermined if the government continues its piecemeal, outdated approach to onshore infrastructure.
“In the short term, brownfield sites must be used for onshore infrastructure. This will avoid needless destruction of ancient woodland, rare heathland habitats and communities."
“Landscapes destroyed by such development are not renewable.”
“economical, sensible or acceptable for consumers and local communities”.
“The existing process of linking single offshore wind farms is a legacy regime that urgently needs updating,” said Wharton. “We want to make better use of shared connections which will be cheaper for consumers in the longer term and reduce onshore impacts.”
We are concerned that the Review into offshore transmission infrastructure is not a sham. It must be in depth and meaningful.
Grid connection, deep water ports: how government can strengthen UK offshore wind