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21 Jan 2009 05:01:03

Ofgem prepares for offshore transmission licence tenders

Ofgem prepares for offshore transmission licence tenders
Ofgem has appointed advisors to run the tendering of transmission licences for £10 billion-worth of offshore power networks.

A consortium led by Ernst & Young has been engaged to run the tendering process for offshore power projects such as wind farms and tidal stream facilities to the national grid.

"Offshore wind will occupy a pivotal place in Britain's low-carbon generation," Ofgem chief executive Alistair Buchanan said.

"We take very seriously the need to ensure that the networks are delivered on time and at a fair cost to customers."

Together with the Department for Energy and Climate Change, the energy regulator is consulting on the tendering process, which will end in June 2009 when the actual tenders will take place.

According to the British Wind Energy Association there is currently 3,257 megawatts of installed and operational wind power capacity.

More wind farms will be needed to meet a target of having a generating capacity of 33 gigawatts, just over ten times current capacity, by 2020.



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