UK Accelerates Approval Of Grid Investments To Increase Offshore Wind Capability

The UK is accelerating the timeline for approval of latest energy transmission traces and networks as a part of the nation’s objective to attach as much as 50 gigawatts (GW) of offshore wind era to the electrical energy community by 2030.

The Workplace of Fuel and Electrical energy Markets (Ofgem), the power market regulator, stated that the formidable offshore wind targets will want “vital reinforcements to the onshore electrical energy transmission community and a change to the present regulatory framework so as to speed up supply of huge tasks.”   

On Thursday, the regulator revealed a brand new Accelerated Strategic Transmission Funding (ASTI) regulatory framework to fund the massive strategic onshore transmission tasks required to ship the UK Authorities’s 2030 ambitions. 

The choice implies that the UK will streamline the regulatory approval and funding course of by lowering the variety of regulatory evaluation phases and permitting the transmission house owners (TOs) earlier entry to undertaking funding so as to speed up the supply of tasks.

The ASTI framework will initially apply to round £20 billion of onshore transmission community funding with the potential for additional funding sooner or later, because the UK appears to decarbonize its power sector and pivot away from reliance on fossil fuels.

Presently, a big portion of the UK’s electrical energy era comes from pure gasoline, which generates a lot of the energy in Britain when wind speeds are low.

SSEN Transmission, one of many massive UK transmission house owners, welcomed the regulator’s determination to speed up grid investments, with Managing Director Rob McDonald saying, “Accelerating the event and supply of the strategic electrical energy transmission infrastructure required to allow the deployment of homegrown and inexpensive, low carbon energy, is arguably crucial enabler to securing the UK’s future power safety and web zero ambitions.”

Final month, Ofgem authorised investments of $27.3 billion (£22.2 billion) by 2028 by six electrical energy distribution community corporations, overlaying fourteen native networks within the UK, to make the native grids extra resilient and host rising shares of renewable electrical energy.

The businesses will make investments the funding “to assist ship cheaper, cleaner, extra dependable native grids at no further price to customers,” Ofgem stated in November.

By Tsvetana Paraskova for Oilprice.com

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