Norfolk offshore wind farm developer publishes feedback from July community workshops
Vattenfall report shows images of onshore electrical infrastructure
the developer of the Norfolk Vanguard and Norfolk Boreas offshore wind farms, has published today [10/08/17] feedback from recent workshops and drop-ins about onshore electrical infrastructure.
In July 2017, the Swedish energy group behind the wind farms, invited members of the community potentially affected by onshore electrical infrastructure needed to connect the wind farms to the National Grid to workshops and drop-ins. These workshops looked at the refined cable relay station and substation search areas that were published in June 2017’s project newsletter and sent to 35,000 households.
Vattenfall has released all the information presented and gathered to date from the workshops and drop--ins. The material posted today on the project websites include photomontages and 3D visualisations, along with notes and comments by participants at the local events.
Ruari Lean, Vattenfall’s Project Manager for Norfolk Vanguard, said: “We would like to thank all those who have participated so far in the consultation on this project. The information published today, including all feedback from the public, is a result of a lot of work by the project team, bringing together all the information gathered so far in the run up to the Preliminary Environmental Impact Report - due to be published in October - and Statutory Consultation later in the autumn.
“During the workshops held in July, many attendees asked us to publish the visualisations and presentations shown at the events. We have done that today by publishing a full record of all comments received at the workshop along with visualisations and project information.”
The two wind farms combined will, at 3.6GW, produce enough power to meet the equivalent annual electricity demand of more than 2.61 million UK households, around 4% of total annual UK consumption2. They would also, at today’s level of UK carbon emissions from the power sector, prevent more than 4m tCO23 from entering the atmosphere.
1 Number of homes equivalent: This is calculated using the most recent statistics from the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy showing that annual UK average domestic household consumption is 4,115kWh: http://www.renewableuk.com/en/renewable-energy/wind-energy/uk-wind-energy-database/figures-explained.cfm
2 UK annual electricity consumption is around 309TWh per year