Offshore wind – EAC inquiry

Deadline to submit responses is 15th May 2020 – click here to access the EAC’s online Call for Evidence portal

The Committee is inviting written submissions to inform its first session. These should focus on, but not be limited to: 

  • How effective has the Government’s offshore wind Sector Deal been in moving the sector towards becoming an integral part of a low-cost, low-carbon, flexible grid system and boosting the productivity and competitiveness of the UK supply chain?
  • What level of output can the sector deliver in the UK, and what Government support would be needed to achieve this?
  • How might the UK take advantage of further technological advances in offshore wind technology, particularly in relation to floating arrays?
  • What support does the sector require to keep pace with the most cutting-edge innovations, such as in blade technology?
  • What is the UK industry doing to promote the sustainability of offshore wind arrays throughout their entire life-cycle from development through to decommissioning, and to improve maintenance and end-of-life repair?
  • How well is the UK industry managing the environmental and social impacts of offshore wind installations, particularly on coastal communities with transmission-cable landing sites?
  • How well is Government policy supporting innovation in transmission technology to improve the efficiency of electricity transmission?
  • Looking to the future, what can the onshore wind sector learn from the offshore success story?

Written evidence should be submitted through the Committee’s web portal. The deadline for submissions is 5pm on Friday the 15th of May.

It is recommended that all submitters familiarise themselves with the Guidance on giving evidence to a Select Committee of the House of Commons which outlines word count, format, document size, and content restrictions.

We encourage members of underrepresented groups to submit written evidence. We aim to have diverse panels of Select Committee witnesses and ask organisations to bear this in mind when we ask them to choose a representative. We are currently monitoring the diversity of our witnesses.

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