Offshore wind energy

How the offshore wind industry is a big opportunity for Suffolk and existing and future wind farm developments.

The government, through the Crown Estate, has been allocating large areas of the North Sea for offshore wind turbine development. There are a number of schemes currently developed or in development throughout Suffolk.

Galloper Wind Farm and Greater Gabbard Wind Farm, 14 miles off the Suffolk coast from Orford, is now complete and in operation. There are proposals for further development

East Anglia Offshore Wind Farm is the second largest proposed offshore wind farm in the UK, at 6,000km2, and with an indicative capacity of 7,200MW, could power over 5 million homes, according to the project developers.

There are currently 4 phases of the East Anglia Offshore Wind Project being conducted as follows:

Suffolk Coastal District Council and Suffolk County Council has compiled a number of joint responses to these schemes. Read the East Anglia Offshore Wind consultation responses.

Contracts for Difference process

Contracts for Difference (CfD): proposed amendments to the scheme 2020

The government is running a consultation on their Contracts for Difference process, which supports Low Carbon and Renewable energy Projects. The consultation covers not only economic development and skills, but also asked for views about the community benefits that should come form energy projects.

Please view our response (PDF, 302KB)

Why support offshore wind?

Suffolk County Council is a supporter of offshore wind and:

  • understand the importance of the transition to low carbon energy sources and our ambition is that Suffolk makes a big contribution, becoming the greenest county in the United Kingdom
  • recognise the economic importance of this industry. Many Suffolk jobs, especially in Lowestoft, already depend on offshore wind. Current estimates of the value of offshore wind and maintenance locally is £3 billion to 2020, and the industry is seen as sustainable for 60 years.

It's suggested that by 2030, offshore wind could secure some 2,300 direct operations and maintenance jobs, and 1,500 supply chain jobs.

We believe that the infrastructure for bringing this electricity onshore is not sufficiently coordinated. As a result, some of our precious landscapes are threatened by the need to increase the number of pylons onshore.

We're lobbying to secure a strategic approach that protects Suffolk’s landscape through our campaign for strategic electricity networks.