To achieve this, offshore wind is being developed at scale and around 60% of the current offshore wind projects will come ashore along the east coast.
Couple this with new nuclear generation proposed in East Anglia and greater interconnection with countries across the North Sea, and we expect to see a significant increase in the level of renewable and low carbon electricity generation connecting in East Anglia and the south east.
While our existing high voltage electricity network has been sufficient until today, it doesn’t have the capability needed to reliably and securely transport all the energy that will be connected by 2030 while working to the required standards. We will need to reinforce the transmission network along the East Coast to deliver this greener energy to homes and businesses.
To do this, we are proposing to build a new high voltage direct current (HVDC) subsea electricity link
’ to increase the capability of our network between Suffolk and Kent.
The new link will allow 2GW of power to be transmitted between the East Anglian and south coast regions of our network.
Along with other network reinforcements, it will put in place the network capability that is needed in the next decade to deliver cleaner greener energy to homes and business across the country.