“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UK’s position as a world leader in offshore wind power will be undermined if the government continues its piecemeal, outdated approach to onshore infrastructure.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.”
A multi-user, 'planned' transmission system for offshore wind off the New England coast of the US could generate grid savings of up to $1bn, according to a new report by consultancy The Brattle Group. The Report from The Brattle Group says a planned approach could reduce marine cabling needs by 50%
US transmission system developer Anbaric says it has "the wind at its back" for the development of an open-access transmission system for offshore wind on the east coast of the US that would be developed independent of generation
2019 was the tenth year in which British wind farms have received constraint payments to reduce their output because of electricity grid congestion. There has been a total of £649 million paid out over the decade for discarding 8.7 TWh of electricity. To put this in context, this quantity of energy would be sufficient to provide 90% of all Scottish households with electricity for a year.