An extra 4GW of capacity could be unlocked from offshore windfarms already in development under plans announced by the Crown Estate.
The developers of seven offshore wind farm projects believe additional capacity can be generated from the areas of the seabed they hold existing rights for.
The Crown Estate said that since awarding rights to these projects, offshore wind technology has improved, enabling more clean energy to be generated from the same seabed area.
Gus Jaspert, Managing Director, Marine, at The Crown Estate, said: “These proposed capacity increases make use of seabed areas that have been previously granted rights, are not being fully utilised, and may have limited options for alternative uses.”
The Crown Estate said the process to examine whether this additional capacity can be made available in a way which “remains true to our commitment to nature and biodiversity”.