02 Mar 2011 11:03:18
'More coherent' offshore wind connection plan needed
A more coherent plan must be put in place to connect offshore wind farms to the grid, the chief executive of the National Grid has claimed.
Steve Holliday said 2011 will be a "pivotal" year in the development of the UK's energy markets and incentivising renewable power generation.
"We are seeing huge changes, and we urgently need to rejuvenate the UK's energy infrastructure. We need joined-up government and real commitment," he was quoted by the Guardian as saying.
The chief executive in particular spoke about the current "lack of coordination" which exists in connecting offshore wind turbines to the grid.
Mr Holliday said if a shift from the present system was made the number of connections needed would fall, creating savings of between £3 billion and £3.5 billion. This funding could then be used in creating a smart grid.
National Grid previously claimed agreements in place to connect renewable projects to the network leave the UK on track to meet its 2020 renewable energy target, however it warned unless changes are made not all of these projects will come to fruition.
Just 20 per cent of developments in the pipeline have received planning permission.