PLEASE GET INVOLVED
1) EA1N & EA2 DCO Hearings (postponed until further notice from PINs)
We will publish details of meetings and hearings as soon as any further information is released by the Planning Inspectorate.
2) Write to BEIS ‘My inquiry’ (deadline extended to 29th May – guidance notes on this page)
The Department for Business Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) have further extended the “My inquiry” deadline until the 29th May, so please, please use your lock-down to reinforce the energy issues facing us here on the Suffolk Coast.
‘My inquiry’ provides you an opportunity to write a few words highlighting the many damaging energy issues here on the Suffolk Coast. There is strength in numbers, it is likely BEIS committee will select issues that provide the most feedback.
Use this link “My BEIS Inquiry” fill in your comments & submit them to the BEIS inquiry team
(scroll down this page for more guidance).
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BEIS My inquiry...
Our fellow campaigners SEAS have provided helpful guidance to help you submit to BEIS ‘My inquiry’ below.
The main points we feel you could highlight include are:
– The damaging effects attributable to a completely uncoordinated rush to exploit Suffolk’s potential for offshore wind energy.
– The lack of forward planning and necessary investment in grid infrastructure by the Network Operator National Grid for more than a decade; Planning and investment that is desperately needed to minimise the damage to the AONB, the unspoilt coastal and rural landscapes and the people and businesses in the local community.
– A complete lack of accountability of the Network Operator, National Grid who has failed to effectively consider the cumulative impact of the grid connection offers they are making in the Sizewell/Leiston area. National Grid are channelling numerous, massive industrial developments into a small coastal area. In doing so National Grid are repeatedly ignoring the fragile coastline, the AONB, the tourism businesses and communities located here.
Lack of developer accountability:
– Energy companies, ‘the developers’ are not being held to account either. Developmental changes often result in far less energy being produced than is consented for.
– Energy development companies are being allowed to get away with making so called ‘non-material changes’ that have considerable ‘material’ impact.
e.g. Changes from HVDC to AC (SPR ‘EA1’ and ‘EA3’ projects). This change meant the Bawdsey to Bramford cable route and grid connection was unable to carry power for other projects. This change resulted in the need for additional cable routes and further substations for SPR’s EA1N & EA2 projects. How can these changes be non-material when the consequences are so far reaching and impact on so many things from the AONB and coastal landscape, to the communities and business in this part of the Suffolk Coast?
Guide notes courtesy of SEAS Campaign
1. Please outline the issue that you would like the Committee to look into (200 words)
1.1 Whilst in favour of offshore wind turbines, the current proposed onshore grid connections and substations, with their sheer scale and impact, will have a devastating impact on Suffolk coastal communities and the surrounding environment.
1.2 Offshore alternatives which can avoid this needless destruction are available and already being rolled out in Europe. These offshore alternatives include offshore ring mains and offshore substations.
1.3 We are calling for the BEIS Committee to urgently investigate the onshore connections for offshore wind energy off the Suffolk coast (EA1N and EA2) and to rethink a more sustainable strategy for these onshore connections, including the development of an offshore ring main.
Why does this issue deserve attention? (200 words)
2.1 To avoid the needless destruction of ancient woodlands, rare heathland habitats and communities that depend on these precious landscapes. Scottish Power Renewables windfarm projects EA1N and EA2 involve 9 km of cable trenching which will threaten environmentally sensitive areas including; the Suffolk Coastal Path, the Suffolk Sandlings, officially designated Areas of Outstanding National Beauty, the destruction of mature woodland and swaths of Grade 2 and Grade 3 agricultural land. This is not even a brownfield site but rather the proposals will result in the loss of an area of the best and most versatile land.
2.2 The tourist industry, very important for economic growth, employment and wellbeing in coastal areas will be hit both in the area directly around the substation and cabling routes and have a knock on effect further afield. For example in East Suffolk, the Destination Management Organisation survey has forecast a potential 17% drop in tourism.
2.3 The huge substations with their scale and associated light and noise pollution would permanently and fundamentally change the essence of coastal East Suffolk.
3. How could the Government policy in this area be improved? (This might include the creation of new policy or changes to existing policy (200 words)
3.1 Off shore wind projects cannot (as currently they are) be looked at in isolation. There is a cumulative impact from the numerous, consecutively occurring, energy projects on and around the Suffolk coast. Any proposals need to take into account: Sizewell C possible development; the offshore development of round 4 Crown Estates which will be another raft of onshore and offshore building; the extensions that are planned for Galloper and Gabbard; and the Nautilus and Eurolink interconnections. Whilst all projects are considered in isolation local communities and environments are left vulnerable to cumulative proposals. There needs to be an overarching strategic government plan for energy projects in East Suffolk.
3.2 Currently the government has no national strategy for the delivery of offshore power into the National Grid
3.3 In the short term, government policy should prioritise brownfield sites for onshore infrastructure.
3.4 In the mid-term government policy should require offshore transmission strategies that avoid needless destruction
3.5 The solution will require new legislation, this is straightforward for a majority government.
3.6 The UK’s position as a world leader in offshore wind power will be undermined if the government continues its piecemeal, out-dated approach to onshore infrastructure.
You can add anything you feel prudent to strengthen the case for committee investigation into this subject. Please make sure you complete and submit your ‘BEIS My inquiry’ feedback here >> (deadline 29th May).
Write to the Secretary of State at BEIS
Alok Sharma is the new Secretary of State at BEIS. Kwarsi Kwarteng remains in his position as Energy Minister.
We will upload new guidance for writing to the ministers soon, at the moment we are holding out until the meetings and hearings are rescheduled and underway.
In the meantime please, please, make a submission to ‘BEIS My inquiry’ you can help influence scrutiny of the energy issues facing us here on the Suffolk Coast.
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