As the proportion of renewables in the energy mix increases, questions begin to formulate about preparation levels in the event of disaster.
- Some recent examples include a wind turbine catching fire in gale force winds. Another involves improper installation of an export cable linking an offshore wind farm to the mainland.
- These events raise concerns about preparedness for disaster – natural or manmade – and what contingencies or regulations are in place to mitigate against these concerns.
In the short term critical review of current regulation and procedure may be necessary to ensure the Government is not playing ‘catch-up’ to industrial progress.