The Way Forward

SEAS has called on the Examining Authorities to recommend to the Secretary of State a ‘split decision’ so that:

  1. The offshore turbines are recommended for consent. This will mean that no time is wasted in respect of construction of the turbines.
  2. The onshore infrastructure is rejected in favour of full consideration of better locations for this infrastructure where the adverse impacts are minimised at a brownfield or industrialised site.

Our case, from the very outset, has been that the adverse impacts of this particular onshore site location substantially outweigh the benefits of the application when taken as a whole. We do not challenge the offshore location or construction of EA1N or EA2. But we do challenge the onshore location of infrastructure. If the Applications are split and the offshore elements are approved, then there needs to be no delay with regard to the construction of the turbines. The SoS BEIS has the power to approve wind farm applications without approving any radial transmission system or site location. There is a notable precedent. The well documented case study is Triton Knoll, where the offshore consent was granted in 2013 and amended to allow onshore connection in 2016.

A single Hub site for the substations and inter-connectors should be chosen as part of a strategic assessment which takes into account the protection of our cherished landscapes and looks at where the power will actually be required. There are a number of different alternatives.

– Bradwell, as Dr Therese Coffey, our local MP, has consistently proposed.
– A larger Hub could be selected taking into account the proximity to London and to the Kent connections for export to other North Sea countries, for example Grain.

For the sake of our future legacy, to future generations, we appeal to BEIS, to Ofgem, to ScottishPower and National Grid to hear our voices and take the initiative now to grasp this golden opportunity to find better integrated solutions using a brownfield or industrialised site.

The Way Forward - A Split Decision

SEAS has called on the Examining Authorities to recommend to the Secretary of State a 'split decision' so that:

  1. The offshore turbines are recommended for consent.
  2. The onshore infrastructure is rejected in favour of full consideration of better locations for this infrastructure where the adverse impacts are minimised at a brownfield or industrialised site.

SEAS Submission to the Planning Inspectorate Re: The 'Split Decision'  February 2021

Therese Coffey MP campaigns for a 'Split Decision' and to reject the Friston Substation February 2021

Wasteful windpower firms will feel the force, Janice Turner, The Times, 29 October 2020

The Way Forward - Offshore Integration

The benefits of an integrated offshore transmission network far outweigh any benefit gained from continuing with a radial transmission system.

Key Documents

The Offshore Co-ordination Phase 1 Final Report, NGESO, 16 December 2020, NGESO:  “Adopting an integrated approach for all offshore projects to be delivered from 2025 has the potential to save consumers approximately £6 billion, or 18% in capital and operating expenditure between now and 2050”. Importantly, footnote 5 states, “This means applying an integrated approach to all offshore projects that have not yet received consent”.

Energy White Paper, Powering our Net Zero Future, December 2020

On 6 November 2020, in response to Mr Duncan Baker’s adjournment debate, the then Energy Minister, and now the newly appointed Secretary of State for the Department of Business Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), Mr Kwarteng, made a very encouraging response and said, amongst other things:
- The offshore wind industry had evolved since 2015;
- There was a shift in the industry towards integration.
- Point to point transmission was recognised as having severe detrimental impacts onshore
- Technology was available to build an offshore integrated network
- Industry was engaged through the OTNR
- The argument for some form of offshore network has been won

In July 2020 the Department of Business Energy and Industrial Strategy announced a major Review, the Offshore Transmission Network Review to address the barriers it presents to further significant development of offshore wind, with a view to achieving net zero.

The findings of the Integrated Offshore Transmission Project (East) 2015 Report concluded that an integrated offshore solution was in the interests of the UK as a whole.

It is illogical for further radial connections to the grid to be approved. The acutely detrimental impacts of radial connections must now be properly recognised in the Planning Balance.

What is a 'MOG'?  Is it the answer?, SEAS, June 2020

In the Press

UK

Prime Minister says coast could be the 'Riyadh of offshore wind' in PMQs, EasternDaily Press, 24 February 20021
U.K. Power Grid Moving Offshore to Support $27 Billion Wind Boom, Bloomberg, December 2020
Outdated regulation is slowing investment in onshore electricity grid, The Guardian, 1 November 2020
Offshore Wind in UK – Roadmap Required, Offshore  Wind, October 26 2020
Change the way offshore wind farms connect and save billions - report finds, Eastern Daily Press, September 20 2020
Offshore wind blows hole in case for National Grid electricity role, The Times, October 8 2020
Modular Offshore Grid (MOG) - Can these ideas stop the countryside being dug up? Eastern Daily Press, June 27 2020
Norfolk MPs lobby Kwasi Kwarteng, Energy Minister at BEIS, SASES, 11 June 2020
Greenpeace suggests taking a more 'strategic approach' to offshore wind grid infrastructure, including increasing the number of grid connections to land shared between several projects, ReNEWS.BIZ, June 4 2020
Offshore Ring Main (ORM) feasibility study announced after Norfolk MPs met with Energy Minister Kwasi Kwarteng to discuss their concerns, Eastern Daily Press, June 2 2020

NORTH SEA INTEGRATION

North Seas ministers seek rules for meshed offshore wind grid, Recharge, December 4 2019

EUROPE

Denmark maps seas for future offshore wind farms and energy islands, Recharge, June 8 2020
Denmark confirms massive wind plans for 'world's first energy islands' in North Sea and Baltic , Recharge May 20 2020
Denmark eyes 10GW offshore wind 'islands' in $45bn plan, Recharge, December 2019

The USA

Growing chorus’ endorses multi-user transmission system, Riviera May 2020
Multi-user US offshore grid could 'save $1bn' ReNEWS.Biz,  May 2020
Report Finds $1B in Grid Upgrade Savings, Other Benefits in Planned Transmission Approach to Offshore Wind, Yahoo Finance, May 2020

 

 

 

Campaign With Us

We are asking you to write, to the Secretary of State for the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), The Rt Hon Kwasi Kwarteng MP, calling for him to recommend a 'split decision' so that:

  1. The offshore turbines are recommended for consent.
  2. The onshore infrastructure is rejected in favour of full consideration of better locations for this infrastructure where the adverse impacts are minimised at a brownfield or industrialised site.

Email: secretary.state@beis.gov.uk

cc: beiscorrespondence@beis.gov.uk
therese.coffey.mp@parliament.uk
psrobertjenrick@communities.gov.uk
robert.jenrick@communities.gov.uk
offshore.coordination@beis.gov.uk
offshore.coordination@ofgem.gov.uk
minister.state@beis.gov.uk

bcc: info@suffolkenergyactionsolutions.co.uk

or

Send a Letter:‍ 1 Victoria St., London SW1H 0ET‍

The protective qualities of the coralline crag off the coast at Thorpeness are recognised as being important in protecting the coastline and will represent a liability to the vulnerability of the shoreline if compromised.

Yes to Offshore Wind Energy, Let's Do it Right

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