These three days of Open Floor Hearings (links to audio below) marked the beginning of the Examination into EA1N and EA2. We heard 62 very powerful presentations clearly laying out our objections to SPR’s ill-conceived plans.
We finally had the opportunity to begin to show our strength of feeling to the Inspectorate. We must be hopeful that our contributions strike a chord. Many thanks to those that spoke
If you didn't get a speaking slot you can still request one by writing to the Case Team by 2 November EastAngliaOneNorth@planninginspectorate.gov.ukEastAngliaOneNorth@planninginspectorate.gov.uk
Looking at the existing regimes, questions have arisen regarding the suitability of the current regulatory regime for offshore wind. It is currently heavily concentrated on competitiveness, which is considered beneficial for consumers. That means that currently there is no sharing of infrastructure, and each wind farm has an individual connection to transmit the power that it generates. There are three material concerns with this: it is financially inefficient; it has a negative environmental impact; it may have a negative impact on coastal communities where connections make landfall.
Eight Offshore Wind Energy Projects are widely believed to be planned to connect to the National Grid at Friston (this does not include future windfarm projects as a result of the seabed leases awarded by the Crown Estate in relation to the Round 4 process). Cumulative impact means eight substations and interconnectors constructed sequentially or consecutively. Plus, the addition of a nuclear power station, one of the largest in the world. This will be the largest complex of energy infrastructure in the U.K. situated in one of the most fragile ecosystems in the U.K. These are judged to be ill-conceived plans where the process of choosing the site for the mega infrastructure hub is shown to be flawed. There are a number of better alternative brownfield sites for this designated vast complex.