“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UK’s position as a world leader in offshore wind power will be undermined if the government continues its piecemeal, outdated approach to onshore infrastructure.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 recent study says that often wind, solar and hydro schemes have been built inareas of environmental significance and pose a threat to key natural habitats. The authors of the report say that greater care must be taken when planning and permitting renewable facilities. "If we let these developments go ahead, the biodiversity will be gone long before climate change starts affecting it.....we are not saying that renewables are bad, we just need to put them in the right places."
European grid operators want to combine 10-gigawatt offshore turbine clusters, interconnectors and hydrogen. It no longer looks like a pipe dream.