REVOLT opposing unnecessary, excessive and intrusive powerline development

opposing unnecessary, excessive
and intrusive powerline development

REVOLT Newsletter 360

Revolt news 26/09/2012 Print (pdf) Version

1. CORRECTION: News359 had Accent mistyped as Access in two places. The recent NG report on Willingness-to-Pay (WTP) for mitigation (principally undergrounding) was produced by a market research agency called Accent. As mentioned in news359, the report is available at

http://tinyurl.com/AccentWTP2012 .

2. The WTP issue is caught up in Ofgem’s RIIO process of Transmission Price Control review (news357 etc). Ofgem has rather put the brakes on WTP (news357.6-7), following the positive findings of both last year’s Brunswick Report and this year’s Accent Report. Although those Reports might justify spending more than a billion pounds on undergrounding existing lines, Ofgem is applying an initial £100-million cap pending further analysis.

3. Stour Valley Underground SVU has been working within the Essex and Suffolk Coalition of Amenity Groups (ESCAG), which includes six groups with a range of technical experts. ESCAG has submitted a response to Ofgem’s consultation on WTP, which is posted on the SVU site at

http://www.stourvalleyunderground.org.uk/ .

4. From an article 24-9-12 at The Register: Speaking as the Marine Energy Conference begins in Inverness, Niall Stuart of Scottish Renewables said that despite an independent review by energy regulator Ofgem charges affecting island-based projects, such as those in the Pentland Firth and Orkney Waters, were adding significant costs to and threatening the economic viability of wave and tidal projects.

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/09/24/marine_energy_connection_costs/

5. The problem is that, attractive though the ideas of wave and tidal power are, the high costs of access to very remote renewable generation would have to be paid by someone. Perhaps the remoter Scottish renewable industries would benefit from WTP research on what the general UK population would be willing to pay. There again, the question should make clear the wider perspective of impacts of the extra transmission lines needed for the remote generation.

6. The SHETL East Coast 400kV Reinforcement Project in Scotland involves re-insulating 742 existing 275kV pylons so that they can operate at 400kV without rebuilding the pylons themselves. There is also associated extension to substations. While there is some local concern at the Kintore substation in Aberdeenshire, there have been few formal objections. Revolt is not aware of organised objection to the general project, which claims to use the existing pylons without enlarging them, apart from a short new section near Keith. The scale of the project is notable – 742 pylons over some 200 km from Keith north of Aberdeen to Kincardine on the Forth.

http://www.sse.com/ECR400kV/ProjectInformation/

7. 70-year-old John Woods starts his epic walk tomorrow along the route of the proposed North-South Interconnector in Northern Ireland. He will be encouraged by a great song Walk the Line in the style of Johnny Cash, by Pascal Hughes with a Northern Irish lilt that fits just right. You can hear it and see more at www.seatactiongroup.com. Text SEAT to 81400 to donate £5. Johnny Cash lives!

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