The UK plans for 25GW wind power contribution to national grid.
The UK Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) and Ofgem announced a new regulatory framework to connect island offshore renewable projects to the onshore grid.
The objective is to connect huge amounts of UK offshore wind energy to the national grid . The two bodies released a statement which said that this new framework could help connect enough wind-generated electricity to power the equivalent of more than 10 million homes by 2020.
It is planned for new tenders for the new regime to be launched in the summer. The UK is committed to generate thirty to fourty percent of its electricity from renewable sources by 2020.
Offshore wind is expected to make the largest contribution to this. 8GW are already planned which could go up to as much as 25GW.
“The UK will need a complete offshore grid by 2020 and this is a focus building block” Energy and Climate Change Minister, Mike O’Brien, said. The UK is already a leader in the world of offshore wind. Its Government is currently assessing the potential for much more and says that a grid is needed which can be built and run in the most cost effective way.
Climate change needs to be fought against by maximising the UK’s natural resources and a reduction on reliance on volatile foreign oil and gas markets is absolute priority. ‘Wind power could potentially make the single biggest contribution to our 2020 renewable energy target.
This is obviously a huge opportunity for any entrant and company which is already active in the UK market. Any interested party can invest in these assets under a long-term and low-risk regulatory regime.’