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U.K. Plan to Link Offshore Wind Farms to Grid Could Cost $27 Billion

Jan 14, 2013
Source: 
(Guardian)

The UK government's plans to bring more offshore wind power on to the grid are flawed and could lead to higher electricity prices for consumers, an influential committee of MPs has warned.

Offshore windfarms require heavy-duty transmission infrastructure to carry the power to land, and the provision of the cables needed has been a serious obstacle to the growth of the wind industry, as windfarms both on and offshore have had to wait for long periods to be connected.

According to the committee, this could result in payments of £17bn to transmission companies over the next two decades. However, if the companies fail to fulfil their obligations, they can be fined only 10% of their income, which could be much less than appropriate, according to the MPs.