The Government has shown a clear commitment to developing further offshore wind at scale. The Energy White Paper in December 2020 sets a target to deploy 40 GW of offshore wind by 2030 – enough to power every home. Demand will grow as we shift to clean energy to drive electric vehicles, heat our homes and power our industry. This unprecedented level of offshore wind – four times more than the world leading levels we have today – will require major development of both the onshore and offshore electricity networks to accommodate it.
We welcome the Government’s Offshore Transmission Network Review which seeks to address these challenges. It is important that this review moves at pace and we fully support that, but as Government has also set out, it is equally important that 40 GW of offshore wind is connected by 2030.
Government explain in the Energy White Paper that they will redesign the current regime to incentivise more extensive coordination and minimise environmental, social and economic costs for the 2030s and beyond. Our proposals for the connection between Bramford to Twinstead needs to be in place before then, to deliver on the 2030 target and transport clean green energy to where it is needed.
Given the scale of development required to achieve Net Zero, with up to 75 GW of offshore wind connected to the transmission network by 2050, careful planning and coordination is certainly needed, alongside significant investment, to ensure the necessary electricity transmission infrastructure is delivered in a way which minimises impacts on local communities.
The proposed HVDC link will increase capacity and capability in the network and is needed to carry clean green energy by the end of this decade. As renewable energy connects from offshore, potentially in a more coordinated way, that green energy must be transported in the most optimum way possible. Reinforcing Bramford to Twinstead with represents the most optimum solution.
If the Government wishes to achieve 40 GW of electricity generation from offshore wind by 2030, essential network reinforcements like this HVDC link must proceed.