Well Done, George.
George Freeman MP has managed to get the Secretary of State to agree to a full review of the scale of environmental damage that would be caused by the current plans for onshore sites for substations and to agree that the Government needs to reassess the offshore solutions including RingMains. We will not rest until we know that the Scottish Power Renewables DCO process has been delayed while a full review takes place. We thank George Freeman and the unified campaigners in Norfolk for their tremendous efforts. See his Letter to Andrea Leadsom below.
From: FREEMAN, George
Sent: Tuesday, November 5, 2019 7:52 PM
To: FREEMAN, George
Subject: Preventing environmental damage from electrical substations and connecting infrastructure
Preventing environmental damage from electrical substations and connecting infrastructure.
I am writing with some good news.
After several years of campaigning with the residents of Necton, Great and Little Dunham, and a number of surrounding villages, to reduce the environmental impact of the electrical sub-station infrastructure from offshore wind, I have managed to secure a commitment from the Secretary of State for Energy to launch a Review into the environmental impact of the proposed network of cables and sub-stations, and in particular the possibility of an Offshore Ring Main as an alternative to multiple onshore cabling and sub-stations.
I attach a copy of my letter to the Secretary of State which confirms the announcement of the Review.
This is a hugely important step – which means we will be able (after the Election) to look properly at the overall environmental implications of the offshore and onshore wind infrastructure as a whole.
I remain 100% committed to fighting for the right outcome for our part of the world – and to make sure that we don’t undermine the benefits of offshore wind energy by embracing an environmentally damaging method of bringing the energy onshore.
Norfolk and Suffolk has some of the most beautiful,valued and recognised wetland and onshore coastal habitats: it would be madness to damage these special environments by bringing renewable energy onshore in an environmentally damaging way.
Please feel free to circulate this to anybody in Norfolk or Suffolk who you think might be interested to help the campaign for getting the connectivity of onshore energy done properly.
I look forward to continuing to work on this in the coming weeks months and years.
Thank you for your support with this important work.
MP for Mid Norfolk
Minister of State(Department for Transport)
8 Damgate Street |Wymondham | NR18 0BQ
01953 600 617
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GEORGE FREEMAN’S LETTER TO ANDREA LEADSOM, SECRETARY OF STATE, BEIS
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