NFU responds to National Grid ESO offshore coordination project consultation

The NFU has submitted a response to the National Grid ESO consultation on the costs and benefits of a more coordinated approach to connecting offshore electricity infrastructure.

The Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) is leading an Offshore Transmission Network Review which may result in less equipment required both onshore and offshore. The report outlines cost savings to the consumer with an integrated approach as well as potentially significant environmental and social benefits as the number of onshore and offshore assets, cables and onshore landing points could potentially be reduced by 50 per cent.

National Grid ESO held a consultation which ended on 28 October on some of the findings to date. The NFU responded to the consultation - click here to read the response in full.

Following the closure of the consultation National Grid ESO will finalise three reports for Phase 1 of the project which are anticipated to be published by the end of 2020. These reports are a Cost-benefit Analysis Report, a Holistic Approach to Offshore Planning Report and a Offshore Connections Review Report. The NFU will provide a further update in due course.

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