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.
East Anglia Offshore Wind Farmis 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:
- East Anglia ONE is currently under construction
- East Anglia THREE application has been approved by the Planning Inspectorate
- East Anglia ONE North and East Anglia TWO are currently under phase 4 consultation periods
Suffolk Coastal District Council and Suffolk County Council has compiled a number of joint responses to these schemes.
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.