Recharge’s ‘If nothing changes we can’t deliver’: Iberdrola warns quicker consent key to new UK offshore wind goal article is a summary of industry reaction to the UK Government’s energy strategy policy paper.
It includes the following quotes from Bruce Valpy:
“The increased offshore wind target of 50GW by 2030 is a challenge that industry will step-up to. To do so, it must have confidence that the wider energy system challenges are being addressed.”
“The UK is the windiest country in Europe and on many windy days, offshore wind will produce more energy than the country needs, even well before 2030. That’s without considering supply from onshore wind and solar (that also has negligible marginal cost) and hard-to-vary supply from nuclear.”
“Evolving revenue models, better mechanisms to balance demand and supply, build-out of the national and international transmission network and the use of large-volume storage will be key to being able to incorporate 50GW of offshore wind.”
“The cut in ‘approval times for new offshore wind farms from four years to one year’ announced in the strategy is an important enabler. This can be built on a significant evidence base regarding environmental and social considerations, but good practice should continue to be followed. Offshore wind must continue to do things right for the local environment and community.”
“The strategy contains little on onshore wind, which for UK is the cheapest and fastest option to deliver sustainable power.”
You can read the article in full here: ‘If nothing changes we can’t deliver’: Iberdrola warns quicker consent key to new UK offshore wind goal