Delegates from Suffolk worried about the impact of a large number of major energy projects earmarked for a small part of the county have taken their case to Whitehall. The group of representatives, led by Suffolk Coastal MP Therese Coffey, met the Energy Minister, Kwasi Kwarteng, to convey their concerns about the approvals process for strategic energy projects. Six huge schemes have been put forward for East Suffolk – including the Sizewell C nuclear twin reactor, two offshore windfarms supported by a 30-acre electricity substation at Friston, and two international interconnectors for Eurolink and Nautilus. In East Anglia as a whole there are plans for a dozen large ventures and concern over the cumulative impact on communities is growing. The delegation, which included East Suffolk Council deputy leader Craig Rivett and county council environment cabinet member Richard Rout, the situation to the minister. Ofgem said: “We do not consider that individual radial offshore transmission links for this amount of offshore generation are likely to be economical, sensible or acceptable for consumers and local communities. “[We] will explore whether a more coordinated offshore transmission system could reduce both financial and environmental costs.
East Anglian Daily Times 7th Feb 2020 read more »