In a statement, the DTI said a licensing regime is needed so that the links for transporting electricity ashore can be built in the most cost-effective way for generators and customers. The consultation document published today examines two options for licensing offshore transmission.
The first, a non-exclusive system, would enable competition between many licensed transmission owners to provide offshore grid connections.
The second exclusive system involves licensing a number of transmission owners in different areas to provide offshore grid connections.
Lord Truscott, Parliamentary Under Secretary for Energy said: ‘The Energy Review set out ambitious plans for a five fold increase in the amount of renewable energy that is produced in the