The government’s “hands-off approach on transmission” from offshore wind farms could be leading to investor uncertainty, wasteful delays and inefficient transmission infrastructure, a report published today has said.
The Commons Energy and Climate Change Select Committee’s report said a “haphazard” approach to the connection of offshore wind farms could lead to wasteful delays and inefficient infrastructure. “At the moment, we are paying some generators to switch off because we haven’t got the wires to deliver electricity from where it is produced to where it is needed,” said Commons Energy and Climate Change Select Committee chair Tim Yeo. “An offshore grid can relieve some of this pressure.
“Offshore networks can deliver electricity where it’s needed without adding to the advancing army of pylons that’s marching its way across our countryside. If we connect our offshore wind farms one by one then we’ll see scores of landing points, each twice the size of a football pitch. The government needs to help industry to cooperate and share their networks.”
The government must provide certainty to investors by making a firm commitment to support offshore wind and marine generation through the 2020s in order to create the confidence necessary for anticipatory investment from the private sector, the report said.