The delivery of Net Zero carbon emissions in the UK by 2050, is required to limit the future impacts of climate change, it will result in a succession of electricity generation and connection projects in Suffolk.
We want people to know what we’re working to achieve in order to;
- Minimise and mitigate negative impacts on the environment and communities of Suffolk
- Maximise the benefits to Suffolk’s economy and supply chains, employment opportunities, skills, and training provision
The Council's Energy Infrastructure Policy
Suffolk County Council Cabinet formally adopted a Policy for Energy Generation and Connection Infrastructure Projects on 23 February 2021. Please view the adopted Policy (PDF, 301KB)
Coordination of offshore and onshore transmission
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 & 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”
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)
SCC & ESC letter to Rt Hon Kwasi Kwarteng MP 8 December 2020
Response (PDF, 166KB) from the Energy Minister Anne Marie Trevelyan.
Contracts for Difference and Community Benefits
The government ran 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 from energy projects.
Please view our response.
Many of the suggestions made by the Council have been adopted in the subsequent scheme, to provide greater local content, and hold developers more effectively to account.
The Council continues to call on Government to establish an effective and robust system of community benefits, covering all energy transmission and generation projects.
Joint written evidence to the Environmental Audit Committee - May 2020
Technological Innovations and Climate Change: Offshore Wind
The preparation of this joint evidence was led by SCC. It covers the natural environment, communities, transmission issues, climate change adaptation, economy, and skills.