Our Energy Infrastructure Policy and Strategic Engagement

Electricity generation and connection projects in Suffolk.

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

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.

Contracts for Difference and Community Benefits

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

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. 

Contracts for Difference (CfD): Allocation Round 4

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.

Written evidence submitted by Suffolk County Council and East Suffolk Council


Contact us

Contact Phil Watson - Strategy Energy Projects Manager