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AERIAL SURVEYING


OPERATING IN A FLUCTUATING MARKETPLACE


The UK offshore wind industry has seen significant flux over the last few years: first the introduction of the Planning Act in 2008 created a step change in the way in which projects gained consent, while setting a higher bar for public consultation and engagement. Secondly, electricity market reform (EMR) and the introduction of Contracts for Difference (CfD) changed the way in which project support was available, driving cost reduction by ensuring that only the most economically viable projects could proceed.


On top of this, the offshore wind industry, regulators and advisers came to a realisation that although post-consent environmental monitoring had been undertaken since the earliest Round 1 projects, no key questions had been answered and much of the early knowledge had been lost through lack of dissemination and large scale changes both in the development and regulator communities.


increase project costs, reduce project viability and impact the cost of energy.


WORKING TOGETHER Since our inception, HiDef has been working with major


DEVELOPING BESPOKE SOLUTIONS A focusing on developing bespoke solutions in a novel way has also seen British technology play a major role in the development of offshore wind in European countries, including in Germany and Denmark, where HiDef’s bespoke technology is recognised by developers and regulators as being the industry standard.


This has been confirmed by recent, industry- led studies, which have demonstrated that the company’s system is twice as effective as other contemporary technologies at observing birds, marine mammals and other


megafauna in the marine environment.


ENSURING COST EFFECTIVENESS The drive to ensure cost effectiveness of projects therefore focussed the offshore wind industry on how it could work smarter – after all, if money is being spent, it should be spent resolving the important issues that would help to de-risk future development and consenting.


Too often, post-consent monitoring was focussed on issues not considered significant at the environmental impact assessment (EIA) stage, without proper consideration being given to the fact that avoidable expenditure only served to


UK offshore wind developers, including Centrica and DONG Energy to ensure that meaningful post-consent monitoring takes place at an appropriate scale to ensure that key questions can be answered.


The two most well-known examples of this are at DONG Energy’s Burbo Bank Extension and Centrica’s Lincs project, where statistically robust survey designs have yielded key data about important and sensitive species such as common scoter, red throated diver and gannet.


IMPORTANT FEEDBACK INTERACTION This important feedback interaction between the UK offshore wind industry and our European counterparts continues to ensure that lessons learnt are fed back into future projects, ensuring that the key questions keep being answered to support the continued growth of our green economy.


Kit Hawkins HiDef Aerial Surveying


www.windenergynetwork.co.uk


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