Transmission and other energy infrastructure

Published: 28th November 2014

Find out how we campaign to reduce the impacts of new and upgraded transmission lines and other energy infrastructure on wild land.

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Transmission lines and other energy infrastructure have the potential for huge impact on wild land and landscape. In recent months there has been some encouraging news in relation to two of the cases we have been working on.

North West Coast Connections (Cumbria): We have expressed concern about the potential impacts of the proposals for connecting and exporting electricity from the proposed Moorside nuclear power station in Cumbria and the power generated by new energy projects in the North West. These proposals have the potential to impact on nationally designated landscapes including the Lake District National Park. You can read the responses we have submitted at key stages in the consultation process here In May 2017 National Grid announced that they have “paused” the project due to the nuclear project being “paused.”

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Dumfries & Galloway Strategic Reinforcement Project:  In 2015 we joined with campaigners and 42 Community Councils in expressing over the proposal for a major transmission line in Dumfries & Galloway. We submitted a response to a consultation into the case for an extensive upgrade to this 400kV line. See downloads below. In July 2016 we welcomed Scottish Power’s rethink of its plan.

Beauly-Denny: The Trust was a major contributor to the work of the Beauly-Denny Landscape Group during the Public Local Inquiry into the 220km Beauly-Denny power line, the largest industrial development in the Highlands since the hydro-electric schemes of the mid-20th century. Working with transmission and economic experts, we submitted evidence on the landscape and visual impacts of the proposal; the need for the line; the economic justification for it; and the sustainable development argument of transmitting power hundreds of miles from remote and isolated generators to where it’s needed in the centres of population. Ultimately we were unsuccessful in stopping the construction of the line and work is now nearing completion. For many, the impacts are worse than they expected. More about Beauly-Denny

Powys (Wales) transmission impacts: We supported the Campaign for the Protection of Rural Wales (CPRW) and the Alliance (21 groups representing thousands of local people in Mid Wales) in objecting to proposals for five large-scale (over 50 MW) wind farms and a 132kV connection to the power grid in upland areas of Powys. In September 2015, following a Public Local Inquiry, the Department of Energy & Climate Change turned down four of the wind farms and the overhead line.

Find out about about a consultation into undergrounding Scottish distribution lines in National Parks and National Scenic Areas (October 2015)

Stronelairg wind farm grid connection: We commented on proposals for grid connection for the Stronelairg wind farm. See downloads below.