British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson said the government was developing plans to change the way seawater farms are connected to the grid. Johnson said the government is “in the process of making the necessary regulatory changes” to allow projects to join the network in a more integrated way.
BEIS is currently reviewing the current OFTO system that connects projects to shore via private radio links.
Conservative North Norfolk MP The comments came during Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s questioning on Wednesday after Duncan Baker clarified the progress of the review.
Judicial review baker cancels approval for 1.8GW Norfolk Vanguard project Wattenfall Based on the fact that the overall impacts on the land were not considered last week, it showed the urgency of a new approach.
“If the UK is to become a wind power Saudi Arabia … the current fragmented and environmentally damaging system that connects projects to the grid is holding us back,” Baker said. “We need legal and regulatory reform now.”
Wattenfall said the Prime Minister’s statement that the government was making the necessary regulatory changes was encouraging. “Waterfall has long called for better network integration into seawater infrastructure,” a spokesman said. The developer warned that technical and regulatory limitations would not enable large-scale integration this decade.
“With all the jobs and social benefits that investment brings in the long run, we cannot put off investing in seawater development. This is not simply an option in the fight against climate change, nor is it for the people of this country who have been promised the Green Industrial Revolution.
The spokesman added that even with greater coordination, the UK still needs to build new coastal substations and underground cables or pylons to carry the power of the projects.