National Grid calls for input on undergrounding cables

15 December 2010

National Grid has today (15 December) started its search for outside input on the approach it takes on undergrounding the electricity lines needed to connect new power generation.

Sectors that have been targeted for this consultation include industry, government, environmental and general public.

Hector Pearson, National Grid stakeholder and policy manager said: “We last reviewed our undergrounding approach in the early 1990s. With a significant amount of new power generation needing to connect to our network in the coming years, including low carbon generators such as nuclear power and wind farms, we believe that now is a good time to review our approach.”

He went on to say: “We need to manage the costs of these projects responsibly as these costs will ultimately be paid for by electricity consumers. However, we also need to consider the impact on the local landscape and communities of what we build.”

The consultation will last until 16 March 2011.

Contributions to the consultation can be made by registering and completing the questionnaire at: