April 18, 2021

UK offshore energy requires better coordination

According to a recent report released by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), a more advanced policy for the set of United Kingdom offshore energy networks had to be put into consideration. The call will help to prevent overcrowding in the sea.

Elaine Greig, renewable Consulting Group Director and IET energy policy board associate, stated that seas around the UK are vital resources. However, offshore energy market is small and under high demand for both consumption and security. The marine environment is a vital asset to the UK; however, it is in greater danger of being overcrowded if prompt action is not taken into consideration.

The UK Government has set a target of attaining 40GW offshore by the end of 2030. It is important to implement a policy that would effectively set new renewable energy as well as grid infrastructure on both offshore and onshore.

After attaining the target by 2030, an extra renewable energy capacity would be required to attain the goal of net-zero by the end of 2050. There is a more imperative approach to engaging the whole energy industry in a coordinated manner. There have been problems pointed out on common cables landing sites across the UK. The responses from the new targets depict that there is surging pressure.

The outline of the IET points out the cable landing stations and grid connection models in the UK. Also, the report looked into the market and found out that initiatives taken by 50 ‘high profile’ industries have over 500 participants in different interest groups, and the only smaller figure is taking action. Sixteen vital groups take part in the implementation of policy, and the report stated that there is a dire implementation of opportunities for better integration.

Regions like the Baltic EU depict that there is not much market competition and production of renewable energy. Therefore, the industry can work jointly in developing a coordinated multipurpose system. That is the type of approach the government of the UK needs to adopt if it needs to increase the advantages of the current and upcoming technologies. By doing so, the UK government will be able to attain its goal of zero-emission by 2050. There is a great chance to make use of the offshore energy sector and a couple of finite sea resources to create a greater opportunity towards attaining zero emission of carbon in the future.
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