Shared offshore wind connections to land could save £6bn ($7.7bn) in costs and ease pressure on Britain’s coastal communities, said a new study that tackles what development giant RWE has labelled the number-one issue facing the UK sector.

A report from UK grid operator National Grid ESO identified “potentially significant environmental and social benefits” from an integrated approach to connecting offshore projects which could reduce the physical infrastructure needed to connect wind farms to the grid by up to 50% over the next 30 years, due to fewer cables, landing points and network assets.