SSE Urges UK BEIS for More Offshore Wind

SSE has called on the Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Minister Chris Skidmore to increase the 6GW cap on new offshore wind in the UK.

According to SSE, the current Contracts for Difference (CfD) auction includes a limited capacity of offshore renewables set before the Committee on Climate Change published its report and the government passed the Net Zero by 2050 law.

In his letter, SSE Chief Executive Alistair Phillips-Davies asked Minister Skidmore to revisit previously held assumptions about the future of the UK energy system and increase the scale of renewable power.

The Net Zero law is an ambitious goal which requires an equally ambitious action, the company said, emphasizing that increasing the 6GW cap will allow the UK to show it is serious about the new law and fighting climate change.

“The net zero commitment is a positive development, but none of us should underestimate the scale of the challenge that it poses," Phillips-Davies wrote.

“Offshore wind will play a crucial role in providing affordable low carbon power and the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) has suggested 75GW of offshore generation may be required by 2050, compared to 8GW today and 30GW targeted by the Government’s sector deal for 2030. Increasing offshore capacity in line with the CCC advice is challenging but achievable."

As reported earlier, BEIS opened the third CfD allocation round at the end of May, in which a total of 6GW of renewable energy capacity will be located. The selected projects are scheduled to come online in 2023-2024 and 2024-2025.

The UK government recently passed the law to bring all its greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050, becoming the first major economy to undertake such a commitment.

Related news

List of related news articles

Posted: 22 days ago

Vineyard Wind Selects Offshore Substation Team

Denmark's Bladt Industries has signed a contract with the US-based Vineyard Wind LLC for fabrication...

Categories:
  • Grid Connection
Posted: 22 days ago
Posted: about 1 month ago

DEME Offshore Managing Director to Open OWC 2019

We are proud to announce Offshore Wind Conference 2019 will officially be opened by DEME Offshore Ma...

Categories:
Posted: about 1 month ago
Posted: 3 months ago

DEME Offshore Main Sponsor of Offshore Wind Conference 2019

The Offshore Wind Conference 2019 team is proud to announce that leading provider of services and so...

Categories:
Posted: 3 months ago
Posted: about 1 month ago

Massachusetts Calls For Additional 1.6GW of Offshore Wind

The Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) is calling on electric distribution companie...

Categories:
  • Authorities
Posted: about 1 month ago