Offshore Wind Farms

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Hamlet, Act 2, Scene 2

The 2019 Queen’s Speech laid out increased Offshore Wind generation, to 40GW by 2030. This deal has also set a target of supporting 27000 jobs and £2.4bn per annum of exports by 2030.

In addition, under the 2019 ‘Net Zero’ legislation, the Committee on Climate Change has predicted a requirement at least 75GW of electricity from offshore wind by 2050.

More wind turbines are planned to meet this demand, but...

The continued development of wind turbine sites has the potential to cause a number of negative effects on civil and military air traffic control and defence.

The Doppler shift on ground radar returns mimics the signals of fast moving aircraft, curtailing the RAF’s ability to detect incoming, low flying, aircraft threats.

More than half of current wind farm developments are subject to objections from the aviation sector (civilian and military); MOD’s objections to offshore wind facilities within radar line of sight are causing attrition in the deployment pipeline, which risks endangering the decarbonisation trajectory of the United Kingdom.

So this is a real world RRI example of a problem and funding has been made available to try to mitigate it

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