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East Coast offshore wind
Delivering a cleaner, greener future through offshore wind

East Coast offshore wind

Tackling climate change is the biggest challenge facing our generation and the transition to clean energy is critical to help us achieve the goal of reaching net zero by 2050. As National Grid is responsible for delivering energy to millions of homes and businesses in the UK, we have a big part to play in this. 

The North Sea is the engine room of the UK’s green and resilient future economy, leading the world in offshore wind technology.  

Why we need to transform National Grid’s East Coast network

In order to migrate to a cleaner energy system, we need to connect increasing amounts of renewable energy from the North Sea and the UK’s East Coast to the national electricity grid. 

The existing electricity network was designed to connect and transport energy from coal, nuclear and gas power stations.  With 60% of all offshore wind developments looking to bring their energy on shore around the East Coast, we need to transform the network for a different low carbon future. 

The infrastructure associated with offshore wind enables all communities - villages and cities - to tackle climate change at a local level. The rollout of electric vehicle charging stations and reducing carbon emissions from home heating are just two of the changes to green energy that will be supported by offshore wind. 

How we'll achieve this

We will work with developers, suppliers, environmental groups and local communities to find the best local and environmental solutions to enable us to deliver increasing offshore energy to the UK population.

Building a country powered by green energy

Watch our video to learn more about our East Coast infrastructure project.

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Frequently asked questions

All your questions answered about East Coast offshore wind.

East Coast offshore wind projects

Bramford to Twinstead

Bramford to Twinstead

Increasing the capability of our network to carry cleaner greener energy that is proposed in East Anglia.

Scotland to England Green Link

Scotland to England Green Link - SEGL1

A proposed high voltage subsea link to carry renewable energy from East Lothian in Scotland to County Durham in the north of England.

Scotland to England Green Link -SEGL2

Scotland to England Green Link- SEGL2

A proposed high voltage subsea link to carry renewable energy from Peterhead in Aberdeenshire to Drax in North Yorkshire.

Yorkshire Green Energy Enablement (GREEN)

An essential link between parts of our network to the north of York to help carry more clean green energy.

Who's who 

Learn about who is involved in offshore wind.

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Grid Electricity Systems Operator (ESO)

ESO controls the movement of electricity around the county second-by-second, ensuring demand and supply are in perfect balance.

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National Grid Ventures

Accelerating the development of our clean energy future in the UK and the US.

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Electricity Transmission

Electricity Transmission owns, builds, and manages the electricity grids to which many different energy sources are connected.

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Ofgem is a non-ministerial government department and an independent National Regulatory Authority.

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Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

BEIS brings together responsibilities for business, industrial strategy, science, innovation, energy, and climate change.

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The Crown Estate

The Crown Estate manages the seabed of England, Wales and Northern Ireland, including offshore energy, aggregates, and cables and pipelines.

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Wind Farm Developers

Develop and sometimes own and operate wind farms. This includes purchasing or leasing land/seabed, and securing transmission, power sales, turbine supply, construction, and financing agreements.

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Offshore Transmission Owners

Offshore Transmission Owners operate and maintain electrical transmission assets for connecting offshore windfarms from the sea to the main onshore network.

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The future of offshore energy

Wind power is an endlessly renewable source of energy, and creates no greenhouse gas emissions, making it an important part of our journey to net zero. The windiest part of the UK is offshore, out at sea, so putting windfarms out there is the perfect source of renewable energy for us. Find out more about the advances being made in offshore energy and how we'll be using it to generate much more clean energy for a net zero future.

Watch our video