The review will be led by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) with support from a range of government and Industry bodies and an industry expert group. To ensure that the transmission connections for offshore wind generation are delivered in the most appropriate way, considering the increased ambition for offshore wind to achieve net-zero.
The review will be split into 2 main workstreams:
The medium-term workstream will seek to:
- identify and implement changes to the existing regime short-medium term
- assess feasibility and costs/benefits of centrally delivered, enabling infrastructure to facilitate connection of increased offshore wind by 2030
- explore early opportunities for coordination through pathfinder projects
- focus on projects expected to connect to the onshore network after 2025
The long-term workstream will seek to:
- holistic review of current offshore transmission regime, and design and implement a new enduring regime
- consider role of multi-purpose hybrid interconnectors in meeting net zero
- projects expected to connect to the onshore network after 2030
The Institution of Engineering and Technology Trustees propose submitting a response to this consultation and invite comments from Members who have expertise in this area and have studied the consultation documents. In its capacity as a professional body, the IET will confine itself to only addressing those questions that are within its area(s) of competence.
For more information and a summary of the questions, please refer to the consultation webpage.
Please respond no later than 9 am 28/09/20 to Caroline Holman, with “Offshore Transmission Network Review” in the subject line.