The government proposes the DTI receive one application from each developer and then manage the whole permitting exercise. The DTI would also help find solutions to any problems. New energy minister Peter Hain says the proposals will smooth the path for offshore wind farms in England and Wales, making it more transparent and providing "a guiding hand for developers." He adds that £89 million of grants is being made available for demonstration projects -- including offshore wind.
"The government is doing everything it can to help industry meet its target of supplying 10% of our electricity from renewable sources by 2010, including encouraging a significant capacity of offshore wind farms." The DTI seeks responses to the proposals outlined in its consultation paper by April 23.