Grid Upgrade for UK Energy Regulator
By Anne Lewis-Schneide.
Ofgem is the UK energy regulator, and as such is studying a new proposal put forward by SSE Plc (SSE) to make a huge investment of £205 million for the upgrading of power transmission links in Scotland. This substantial investment will be used to facilitate the building of more renewable energy plants with low carbon emissions.
In a statement issued by Ofgem on July 24th, it was made known that this funding will enable the building of two subsea cables. These cables will be built to strengthen the electricity link between western Scotlandís Kintyre Peninsula, and of course the remainder of the regionís transmission system.
Government continues its efforts to add sustainable renewable energy production. They have made it known that the proposal from the British Utility, is all in a bid to aim at shoring up current energy levels, and also at increasing availability of power supplies, and at the same time curtailing pollution by using low carbon technologies available. The proposed projects which often takes the form of wind farms or hydro-plants which are most definitely ecologically friendly, and are commonly situated in remote out of the way locations, need upgraded transmission infrastructure, which will then enable them to deliver power of a better quality and quantity to their customers.
These necessary upgrades, when completed will be able to deliver approximately 260 megawatts of extra transmission capabilities when they come on line in a few yearsí time. The project is set for completion some time in 2016, according to Ofgemís official internet website. This is not the only upgrade planned in the not too distant future by Ofgem. There are also plans in the pipeline for further upgrades to other existing overhead lines between the areas known as Crossaig and Carradale. A new sub-station is also envisaged for Crossaig, according to information released by Ofgem recently.
Ofgem began a consultation on the proposed project today, and they have said that a decision with regard to funding can be expected in autumn of this year. Ofgem have further stated that funding would most likely be recovered through their customers on their monthly billing. Ofgem also has a broader programme for major transmission projects in the pipe line and this opening of consultation should be seen as part of their strategy going forward into the future, ensuring low carbon energy.
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