SSE urges Johnson to raise offshore wind targets

SSE has called on new Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, to increase the target for installed offshore wind capacity in the UK by 2030 to 40GW, up from the current 30GW.

In a letter published on 25 July, SSE Chief Executive, Alistair Phillips-Davies, wrote to Johnson and listed three immediate priorities for his government to show it is serious about the UK hitting its net zero goal. SSE further called for the 6GW capacity cap in the 2019 allocation to be raised as a “significant first step” while recommending the government look at how to provide a subsidy-free route to market for onshore wind energy schemes. It explained that ramping up renewable capacity should be the central pillar of the country’s efforts to meet net zero.

Elsewhere, the letter also called for the government to commit to a strong, long-term price for carbon, post-2021, along with backing electricity networks to deliver net zero.

It explained that while a renewable powered, electrified economy will pose new challenges for the UK grid, innovative network trials and a regulatory regime rewarding innovation and efficiency, timely investment will make sure they are not a barrier to increasing the pace of change in decarbonising heat and transport through electrification. Instead, they will prove a key enabler.