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Offshore Energy and Reinforcing the Grid in the East of England

29 February 2024 at 12:00 PM - 01:30 PM / East of England / Online

29 February 2024 at 12:00 PM - 01:30 PM
RTPI East of England | [email protected]

The East of England has long been home to oil and gas exploration, nuclear power, and offshore wind farms. The new technology is a huge opportunity for jobs and investment and will contribute to government commitments for net-zero greenhouse gas emissions, but this is a topic that presents complex land-use planning challenges as well.

Around 60% of the current offshore wind projects could come ashore along the East Coast, and as a result, plans are being made for a ‘Great Grid Upgrade’. Amongst National Grid’s proposals is reinforcing the high voltage power network In East Anglia from Norwich to Tilbury.

This two-hour seminar is aimed at planning professionals and considers perspectives of the offshore wind energy sector, National Grid, and local authorities dealing with this most controversial of topics.

The first part of the seminar will give an overview of the technical challenges to building offshore wind farms and getting the electricity generated onshore. The second part will focus on what these proposals mean for planning professionals and ensuring communities can participate in the debate.

RTPI RAC Member Adam Banham had kindly arranged this event and will be chairing the session.


Tom McGarry, Deputy Director of External Affairs, Strategic Infrastructure (NGET)

Graham Gunby, National Infrastructure Planning Manager Growth, Highways & Infrastructure Directorate at Suffolk County Council

Sheery Atkins, Onshore Consents Manager, Equinor