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The Crown Estate unveils plan to boost offshore wind capacity

4C Offshore | Chloe Emanuel
By: Chloe Emanuel 09/11/2023 The Crown Estate

The Crown Estate Unveils Plan to Boost Offshore Wind Capacity, Powering up to Four Million Homes
In a significant move towards the UK's ambitious offshore wind target of 50GW by 2030, The Crown Estate announces plans to facilitate the generation of an additional 4GW of green electricity. Responding to requests from developers of seven offshore wind farm projects, the initiative aims to capitalize on advancements in offshore wind technology, allowing more clean energy production from existing seabed rights. The Crown Estate's strategic approach reflects its commitment to driving the UK's energy transition, fostering a thriving marine environment, and supporting community and industry growth.

Gus Jaspert, Managing Director, Marine, at The Crown Estate, emphasizes the importance of balancing economic potential with nature and biodiversity commitments. The decision-making process will undergo a 'Plan-Level Habitats Regulations Assessment' (HRA), ensuring a comprehensive understanding of the environmental impact across all projects. Stakeholder consultations, including Statutory Nature Conservation Bodies (SNCBs) and regulators, will play a crucial role in shaping the decision.

Dan McGrail, Chief Executive of RenewableUK, highlights the significance of maximizing existing leasing agreements to reach the government's 50GW target by 2030. The proposed capacity increase could add up to 4GW, a substantial leap forward, offering cost-effective solutions and growth opportunities for the supply chain. The reassessment aligns with industry efforts to develop projects in an environmentally sensitive manner.

The Crown Estate, collaborating closely with the government, aims to complete the assessment process within 12 months, subject to regulated planning procedures. The projects under consideration, including Awel y Môr, Dudgeon Extension, Sheringham Shoal Extension, North Falls, Five Estuaries, Rampion 2, and Dogger Bank D, were awarded rights in previous leasing rounds. The UK, now the second-largest offshore wind market globally, underscores The Crown Estate's pivotal role in catalyzing sustainable development, supporting net-zero ambitions, and ensuring energy security.

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