Peter Strachen et al. Policymakers and regulators increasingly need to balance the requirements of energy demand, security and costs, and to do so they need accurate estimates of performance. This study uses public data to assess United Kingdom offshore wind farm performance to improve policy decisions. We find that average capacity factors have improved from 34.9% in Round 1 (2001) to 41.0% in Round 2 (2002) projects. Drivers and correlations of performance for United Kingdom offshore wind farms are analysed. The research also addresses problems with existing capacity factor estimates and generates new estimates of inter-year variability of capacity factors, providing a more accurate evidence base for policy and regulatory decisions.
Utilities Policy (accessed) 27th June 2020 read more »
In the Belgian North Sea, 25 miles from shore, campaigners hope they have found one of the keys to protecting Norfolk’s countryside. It is a bright orange, rectangular platform, rising 45 metres above the waves. Called a Modular Offshore Grid (MOG), it brings together the power from four different offshore wind farms, before connecting to the coast. It means that, unlike in the UK, each offshore wind farm does not need a new connection to the energy grid, involving miles of cable trenches being dug across the country. Three cable corridors, each around 40 miles long could be carved across the Norfolk countryside over the next decade to connect new wind farms.
Eastern Daily Press 27th June 2020 read more »