SSEN Transmission has seen a significant increase in generator connection applications in Argyll and Kintyre, with over 600MW total generation having applied for a connection to the network in the region in the last 18 months.
This increase in new renewable generation, led predominantly by onshore wind, has triggered the requirement for further reinforcement of the transmission network in the region beyond that already under construction.
We are currently in the process of preparing a submission to our regulator Ofgem, which will include confirmation of our preferred option to increase the capacity of transmission infrastructure in Argyll. In accordance with our regulatory requirements, we are required to assess alternative options as well as our preferred option.
Our current preferred option to facilitate this increase in renewable energy would involve the following elements:
Please note that each of the elements outlined above are at different stages of development and extensive engagement will be carried out on each element, alongside stakeholder engagement which will be undertaken on the strategy as a whole.
As the Argyll and Kintyre 275kV Strategy continues to develop, further information regarding our plans will be shared with our stakeholders and via this webpage.
The Argyll and Kintyre 275kV Strategy was introduced to stakeholders during a regional webinar on 17th March 2021. Within the webinar, members of our project team outline the generation background history, the timeline we are working to and provide further context of the project requirement and anticipated next steps. To view the webinar, please click on the video adjacent.
Throughout the life of our projects, we aim to work positively with local communities and keep people informed about what we are doing. This is particularly important when we are developing a project and we want to understand what local people think about our plans.
We endeavour to take the time to discuss our proposals with local community councils and the wider affected community and to carry out engagement at key stages, listening to feedback before finalising project plans.
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