The Council, both alone, and in partnership with others, continues to engage and work with Government on the development of coordinated offshore transmission, to minimise the impacts on our communities. We have been lobbying for strategic electricity networks (PDF, 98KB) since 2011.
The Government is now undertaking an Offshore Transmission Network Review, to better coordinate and minimise the numbers of cables and substations, needed to connect offshore wind and Interconnector projects.
View the SCC and ESC letter of 22 December 2021 to BEIS and Ofgem (PDF, 247KB) in response to their consultation: Proposals for an Enduring Regime for coordination of transmission.
View the SCC and ESC letter (PDF, 298KB) to BEIS and Ofgem 24 September 2020 in response to their open letter of 24 August 2020 increasing the level of coordination in offshore electricity infrastructure.
View the SCC and ESC letter to BEIS and Ofgem (PDF, 270KB) in response to their consultation: proposals for a Future System Operator role.
View the SCC and Norfolk CC and New Anglia LEP letter in response to the Ofgem consultation:
on changes intended to bring about greater coordination in the development of offshore energy networks.
SCC ESC joint Response to National Grid ESO Offshore Coordination Project Consultation October 2020
Summary of this response
- The consultation identifies clear benefits from the coordination of offshore connections, for both communities and the environment and for capital and operating costs
The Council’s consider that:
- substantive pathfinder projects before 2030, enabled by a flexible approach to regulation, will be essential.
- Notwithstanding the benefits of coordinated offshore networks, a new settlement for communities, to ensure that they are adequately compensated for residual impacts, is essential.
The consequences of coordinated offshore connections, for the future reinforcement of the onshore grid, is of significant concern
Please view full consultation response (PDF, 345KB)
View the SCC and ESC letter (PDF, 157KB) to National Grid ESO, in response to the open letter of 27 September 2021 that provides an update on the Offshore Transmission Network Review.
Response from National Grid ESO (PDF, 130KB) including; “a list of projects in the East of England considered to potentially be in scope of the Early Opportunities Workstream.”
On 7 July 2022 a Joint statement from North Falls, Five Estuaries and National Grid: Commitment to exploring coordinated network designs in East Anglia was issued and SCC and ESC wrote jointly to the Energy Minister, Greg Hands on 27 July 2022 about its content and possible implications (PDF, 147KB). The Minister responded to the Council on 16 August 2022 (PDF, 98KB).
SCC & ESC letter to Rt Hon Kwasi Kwarteng MP 8 December 2020
Please view the letter of support (PDF, 139KB) for local MPs following an adjournment debate of 5 November 2020
Response (PDF, 166KB) from the Energy Minister Anne Marie Trevelyan.
On 17 December 2021, Suffolk County Council and East Suffolk Council and wrote to the BEIS Minister of State, Rt Hon Greg Hands MP (PDF, 199KB), to request a discussion regarding how it will be possible to achieve tangible outcomes from the Early Opportunities workstream of the Offshore Transmission Network Review (OTNR) and how the offer to communities could be improved.
Suffolk County Council and East Suffolk Council and wrote again to the Rt Hon Greg Hands MP on 3 February 2022 (PDF, 175KB). Reflecting on the meeting a setting out gain the key issues discussed with the Minister.
SCC has written to Graham Stuart the Minister of State (PDF, 102KB) on 25th November 2022: Supporting MPs in their call for a comprehensive offshore alternative to East Anglia GREEN; asking for the delivery of coordinated windfarm connections and that, where new onshore transmission pylons cannot be avoided, Ofgem should allow the electricity distribution network to be upgraded at the same time.
Offshore links as an alternative to pylon lines onshore
Suffolk County Council wrote to the BEIS Minister of State, Rt Hon Greg Hands MP (PDF, 143KB), on 23 May 2022, in support of MPs from across the region, calling for an offshore link, as an alternative to the proposed East Anglia GREEN pylon project between Norwich and Tilbury.
The Council received this response from the Minister of State (PDF, 100KB).
SCC has written to National Grid (PDF, 137KB), following the Westminster Hall Debate; New Pylons in East Anglia on 19 July 2022. The Council received the following response from NGET (PDF, 88KB).