REVOLT opposing unnecessary, excessive and intrusive powerline development

opposing unnecessary, excessive
and intrusive powerline development

REVOLT Newsletter 322

Revolt news 19/03/2011 Print (pdf) Version

1. David Holland’s latest SVU newsletter issued 1st March highlights “Europe’s biggest civil engineering project”, the Supergrid. "Because it takes the power around rather than over East Anglia, the Supergrid has the potential to free our landscape from the threat of further blighting with pylons and for that reason alone, we all need to know just a little about it."

2. Proposals for supergrids have been evolving for some years (revolt news 263, 295 etc). The SVU newsletter gives a link to which SVU say chimes with their UK-ring-main idea. The "friends" include National Grid, Siemens, PB, RTE and several other industrial interests, and they are promoting the (mainly under-sea HVDC) European Supergrid which could significantly alleviate the need for new large onshore powerlines in the British Isles.

3. SVU also reports a parliamentary inquiry launched on Valentine’s Day by the Energy and Climate Change Committee. The Committee will investigate whether the UK’s contribution to the development of a supergrid is feasible, on political, practical and economic grounds.

4. Caroline Paterson reports that a Scottish government letter 8th March calls on Scottish Power Transmission (SPT) to improve its consideration of alternatives for the Stirling Visual Impact Mitigation Scheme, for part of the Beauly-Denny line. The letter criticises SPT for insufficient consultation with Stirling Council and for failing to examine the Council’s proposals closely enough, including undergrounding, and calls for revised proposals by the end of June.

5. The National Grid consultation on undergrounding has been extended so that people can see the KEMA/IET report. NG will announce a new response deadline once the KEMA/IET report has been published.

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