OFGEM SUPPORTS OFFSHORE RINGMAINS/ISLAND HUBS

“We do not consider that individual radial offshore transmission links for this amount [10GW] of offshore generation are likely to be economical, sensible or acceptable for consumers and local communities….. In addition, we are discussing the potential for projects that integrate international interconnectors with offshore transmission networks with governments, other regulators and industry. ” Ofgem

AT LAST SOMEONE IS LISTENING!  

We are appreciative of Ofgem's decarbonisation action plan acknowledging that to bring offshore wind to land by individual developers IS not 'economical, sensible or acceptable for consumers and local communities'.  However, they need to get a move on.

Ofgem, Government, ESO and Key Stakeholders need to ACT FAST to SAVE OUR COUNTRYSIDE.  Whilst PINS needs to take this into account and hold fire on any DCO planning application decisions.

The Secretary of State has decided to set a new deadline of 1 June 2020 for deciding two Norfolk offshore windfarm DCO's: Hornsea Project Three, the Norfolk Vanguard, and one Kent DCO: the Thanet Extension. Whilst East Anglia North 1 and East Anglia 2 are in the pre-examination stages of their DCO.  In all  likelihood, none of these projects would start building until 2025 and that would no doubt be wind turbines at sea first - a 10 year build in total.  That leaves PLENTY OF TIME TO BUILD a bespoke offshore transmission system which would serve all the needs of East Anglia and Kent's offshore windfarms. This is the time to make sure our future green energy is genuinely green and sustainable for the next generations.

WHAT CAN WE DO?

Public pressure will help make up their minds. So please keep writing/emailing the Secretary of State and the Minister of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and demand a review and an offshore transmission solution

Ofgem decarbonistaion action plan, Page 19, Action 3 states:

We do not consider that individual radial offshore transmission links for this amount of offshore generation are likely to be economical, sensible or acceptable for consumers and local communities.

We will work with government and key stakeholders to design and plan any required changes to the existing regulatory frameworks and the offshore transmission regime. In addition, we are discussing the potential for projects that integrate international interconnectors with offshore transmission networks with governments, other regulators and industry. We will consider how best to work with developers and network firms in order to identify regulatory barriers for future international meshed or hybrid projects, and work to ensure these projects can be rigorously assessed to maximise consumer benefits. In addition, we are discussing the potential for projects that integrate international interconnectors with offshore transmission networks with governments, other regulators and industry."

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