Maintaining public support for offshore wind farms
The sheer number of new wind farms now planned in the UK means that there is increasing local concern over the number of new ‘grid connections’ required to connect offshore wind farms to the onshore electricity network. Without more coordination between projects, the impact of this new infrastructure on local communities and the environment risks similar local backlash to onshore wind farms and fracking.
This report proposes policies to enhance coordination between projects, which would reduce the amount of infrastructure required onshore. The report also proposes compensation for affected communities in the form of ‘Offshore Wind Wealth Funds’.