BEIS delays planning decisions on 4.2GW of offshore wind. The government has delayed planning decisions on two offshore windfarms with a combined capacity of 4.2GW. The Planning Inspectorate said business and energy Alok Sharma will give a statement to parliament “as soon as possible” but was unable to provide an update regarding the decision on a third project which had also been due today
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The UK Government has delayed the go-ahead for two giant offshore wind farms due to be built in the Southern North Sea. A decision on the future of Danish firm Orsted’s Hornsea Three projects and Vatenfall’s Norfolk Vanguard development will now be announced on 1st July. The move was announced yesterday by the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and is understood to be related to the impact of the Covid-19 crisis.
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RenewableUK’s Chief Executive Hugh McNeal said: “Any delay in the decision-making process is disappointing. We want to work with Government to achieve their ambition of 40GW of offshore wind by 2030 and the UK’s wider net zero target. “Major projects like these are vital to generate clean power on the scale we need to decarbonise our economy. We need the Government to take decisions in a timely manner so that offshore wind can play a leading role in getting our economy back on track after the Coronavirus crisis”.
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The Swedish developers of what would be one of the biggest windfarms in the world off the Norfolk coast are angry after a final decision on the project was delayed again by the Government. An announcement about Norfolk Vanguard was due today. But that’s now been postponed until July 1st. The 1.8GW development, would be built 47km off the coast at Winterton Ness. Making the decision Alok Sharma the Secretary of State for Business Energy and Industrial strategy said I have decided to re-set the statutory deadline for this application to 1 July 2020.
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A decision is still being awaited for Vattenfall’s Development Consent Order application to extend the Thanet Offshore Wind Farm. The Planning Inspectorate (PINS) accepted the proposed project for examination in 2018 following 18-months of consultation with residents and businesses by Vattenfall. The Examining Authority issued a Recommendation Report to the Secretary of State on September 11, 2019. Initially the decision was due to have been announced on December 11 but this was put back to June 1, 2020, to allow for more information to be received.
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