With a single sweep of their 220m-wide blades, each of the General Electric turbines at the Dogger Bank wind farm will be able to generate enough electricity to power a home for two days. The project off the coast of Yorkshire is a key part of Boris Johnson’s ambition to quadruple the amount of offshore wind to 40GW by 2030, helping the UK meet its legally binding target of cutting carbon emissions to net zero by 2050. His plans have increasing support from energy developers, many of whom are keen to ramp up their portfolio in renewables and burnish their green credentials. But experts are growing worried that the slow-moving and complex bureaucracy governing the seabed is ill-equipped to meet such ambitious goals. A recent report by KPMG and energy giant SSE found wind farm developers are being held back by uncertainty and long waits as they navigate the extensive list of permits and tenders needed to get projects off the ground. “The current offshore marine and planning licensing regime is not fit for purpose for scaling up the levels of annual offshore wind deployment needed in UK waters to achieve net zero,” it said.
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