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05 Nov 20201 minute read

Energy firm urges faster action

ECAtoday
Energy firm urges faster action

The UK’s efforts to power every home with renewable energy may be undermined by “outdated” regulation, according to German energy firm RWE, which manages wind farms in the North Sea.

The firm said the UK Government’s decarbonisation goals cannot be reached unless decades-old regulation allows for faster investment in the electricity grid. They argue that currently,  work to connect the growing number of windfarms off the UK coast to the onshore electricity grid cannot keep pace with renewable energy demand.

Tom Glover, RWE’s UK boss, said to the Guardian, “The one thing that is delaying our projects is the onshore connections. It’s getting quite serious. We are getting to the point of concern over whether that 40GW target can be met purely because of the onshore grid. It is only the onshore grid which could stop this happening.”