The Energy Act states that electricity transmission must be licensed. For new offshore wind farms, the generator typically builds the transmission asset and can own and operate the offshore transmission system for a commissioning period of 18 months without being required to hold a transmission licence.
This consultation seeks views on a proposed exemption order for wind farm generators in tender rounds 5 and 6 of the offshore transmission owner (OFTO) regime, who have been affected by COVID-19. The order will extend the commissioning period to account for the impacts of COVID-19.
See the BEIS consultation privacy notice.
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