“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UK’s position as a world leader in offshore wind power will be undermined if the government continues its piecemeal, outdated approach to onshore infrastructure.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.”
“The government is very good at rhetoric, but we want to see action" Greentechmedia.com 11 January 2021
National Grid ESO (NG ESO) has issued its final Phase 1 report, which assesses the most beneficial approaches to offshore grid networks in order to deliver better outcomes for consumers and coastal communities.
Executives from National Grid Plc meet government officials on Thursday to discuss how a growing tangle of projects offshore can be best connected to the network on land. At the moment, wind farms at sea are each linked individually with separate cables. Combining some of those links could cut the amount of new infrastructure needed in half.