The Mid Wales Connection is all about connecting proposed wind farms in Powys to the national electricity network in Shropshire.
Mid Wales has been identified as an important location for onshore wind by the Welsh Government and, as a result, a number of generation companies are planning wind farms in the region.
Working closely with SP Manweb, the local electricity network operator, we have considered the most efficient way of connecting the wind farms to the national electricity network, for supply to homes and businesses.
A detailed design for the connection including a substation in Powys, pylon locations and designs, an underground section and associated works has now been provided. We’re also providing more information on our proposals at Shrewsbury substation.
We are proposing to put approximately eight miles of the connection underground in the most sensitive section of the route and to use low-height pylons in areas proposed for overhead lines. These could be up to a quarter shorter than conventional lattice pylons and help to limit the visual effects of the connection – something people considered very important.
We are consulting on these proposals from 18 November 2014 to 9 February 2015 and all feedback must be submitted during this time.
For more detailed information and how you can have your say please visit our Mid Wales Connection Project website.