The management of Britain’s electricity system should be taken away from National Grid and handed to an independent body with new powers to co-ordinate offshore wind farm connections, according to the former head of the energy regulator. Dermot Nolan, who led Ofgem until January, said that Britain’s renewed push for offshore wind risked politically unacceptable effects because the present system would involve too many unnecessary cables being built to individually connect each project to shore. A co-ordinated offshore grid needed to be developed and the electricity system operator, owned by National Grid, would be the logical organisation to plan and manage this, he said. Yet this would increase concerns over perceived conflicts of interest with National Grid’s other businesses, such as building subsea interconnectors, which could link to the offshore grid, and managing the onshore power grid, which will need reinforcing.
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