Project Type: Windfarm connection
Location: Moray

Contact Details

Liaison Manager

Louise Anderson
Title: Community Liaison Manager
Telephone: 07384 454233
Address: Inveralmond House, 200 Dunkeld Road, Perth, PH1 3AQ

Land Manager

Tony Gill
Title: Land Manager
Mobile: 07775 812900
Address: 200 Ashgrove Road West, Aberdeen, AB16 5NY
Status: Project assessment

Virtual Consultation

SSEN Transmission has developed an online consultation tool, to enable the local community to experience the full exhibition from home on a computer, tablet or mobile device. The online exhibition has been designed to look and feel like a real consultation in a community hall, with exhibition boards, maps and the opportunity to share views on the proposals.

Visitors will be able to engage directly with the project team, via a live chat function, where they can ask any questions they might have about the project and share their feedback on the current proposals.

 The virtual consultation events will be taking place as follows:

8 July 2020 13:00 - 15:00 & 17:00 - 19:00

9 July 2020 14:00 - 16:00 & 18:00 - 20:00

Please check back for the link to join the interactive virtual consultation 

                                                                                                                                                                                

 

About the project

Elchies Windfarm Ltd have submitted a connection application for their prospective 99MW windfarm development at Elchies, which is located approximately 23km south-west of Blackhillock in Morayshire.

The connection will be a 24km 132kV single circuit trident wood pole overhead line connecting from the Elchies 132/33kV substation to the Blackhillock 132kV substation.

Scottish Hydro Electric Transmission plc (SHET) will also establish a new 132/33kV outdoor substation at Elchies windfarm site. 

 

Why is the Project Required?

As part of its statutory and transmission licence obligations, SHE Transmission has a number of duties including:
 
i) the development and maintenance of an efficient, coordinated and economical system of electricity transmission,
  
ii) to facilitate competition in the supply and generation of electricity, and
  
iii) to ensure that the security of the network is maintained as the demand and/or generation connections change over time.

Our Approach

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 proposal and we want to understand what local people think about our plans.

We endeavour to take the time to discuss proposals with local community councils, encourage engagement from the wider community and listen to the feedback we receive.

We will do our best to answer any questions and address issues or concerns that are raised with us.

When our project progresses into construction, we will continue working closely with the local community to ensure that our work has as little impact on the lives of those living and working in the area and as many long term positive effects as possible.

The data in this map is provided for indicative purposes only and may be subject to change. Scottish Hydro Electric Transmission plc do not accept responsibility for its accuracy, completeness or validity. The data should not be copied, reproduced or utilised externally without permission.

Who is Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks?

Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks is the trading name of Scottish and Southern Energy Power Distribution Limited, Scottish Hydro Electric Transmission plc, Scottish Hydro Electric Power Distribution plc and Southern Electric Power Distribution plc.

What is the transmission network?

It’s the highest voltage electricity network in the UK – the ‘motorway network’ of the energy world. It transmits large quantities of electricity over long distances via wires carried on a system of mainly metal towers (pylons) and large substations. Transmission voltages in Scotland are 132kV, 275kV and 400kV. Larger generation schemes usually connect to the Transmission system.

The lower voltage parts of the system are called distribution networks. In Scotland, these local networks operate below 132kV whereas in England the distribution network includes 132kV. 

How and to what extent are electricity consumers' interests considered?

SHE Transmission are regulated by the Office for Gas and Electricity Markets (Ofgem), the regulator responsible for representing consumers' interests. Electricity consumer interests are therefore one of our key drivers and this is enshrined in our statutory duties under the Electricity Act.


In particular we have a statutory duty to develop, maintain and operate an efficient, economic and co-ordinated transmission system. Since the costs of these projects will ultimately be paid for by electricity consumers, we have a responsibility to take cost into account with due weighting in a comparison against other important factors.

What are The Holford Rules?

The Holford Rules originated in 1959 as the result of work by Lord Holford, a part-time member of the Central Electricity Generating Board (National Grid's predecessor). The Holford Rules have been augmented by both National Grid and SHE Transmission plc to reflect environmental legislation and best practice in recent years. We have continued to use them as a valuable set of guidelines for reducing the impact of our assets on landscapes.
The guidance recommends appropriate application of the Holford Rules to inform routeing. These rules advocate the application of a hierarchical approach to routeing which first avoids major areas of highest amenity, then smaller areas of high amenity, and finally considers factors such as backdrop, woodland and orientation. The Holford Rules apply the term ‘amenity’ to refer to environmental designations and classifications such as Natura 2000 sites, Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), Scheduled Monuments, Listed Buildings, National Parks.
The guidance also recognises that the key effect of overhead lines is visual and it advises that the routeing of overhead lines should consider the types of mitigation (screening) that could offset any visual effects.
In their National Policy Statement EN-5, the Government has stated that the Holford Rules “should be followed by developers when designing their proposals.” Their use is therefore Government policy, rather than a voluntary choice of SHE Transmission plc.

How are proposals scrutinised?

The Scottish Ministers are responsible for determination of applications submitted under Section 37 of the Electricity Act 1989. Both statutory consultees and members of the public have the right to submit their representations on the application. All representations will be considered by Scottish Ministers in their determination of the application.
The Office for Gas and Electricity Markets (Ofgem), as the regulator, has to approve all investment so project proposals are developed under license conditions.
Preferred route corridors chosen will comply with revised ‘Holford Rules’ which are the recognised industry approach to routeing overhead lines amended to reflect Scottish circumstances.

Virtual Consultation

SSEN Transmission has developed an online consultation tool, to enable the local community to experience the full exhibition from home on a computer, tablet or mobile device. The online exhibition has been designed to look and feel like a real consultation in a community hall, with exhibition boards, maps and the opportunity to share views on the proposals. Visitors will be able to engage directly with the project team, via a live chat function, where they can ask any questions they might have about the project and share their feedback on the current proposals. The virtual consultation events will be taking place as follows: 8 July 2020 13:00 - 15:00 & 17:00 - 19:00 and 9 July 2020 14:00 - 16:00 & 18:00 - 20:00

Virtual Consultation Booklet - July 2020

Related Projects: Elchies (Rothes III) Wind Farm Grid Connection

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Published: 17 Jun 2020
Virtual Consultation Boards - July 2020

Related Projects: Elchies (Rothes III) Wind Farm Grid Connection

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Published: 17 Jun 2020
Route Options Map

Related Projects: Elchies (Rothes III) Wind Farm Grid Connection

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Published: 17 Jun 2020
Preferred Route Map

Related Projects: Elchies (Rothes III) Wind Farm Grid Connection

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Published: 17 Jun 2020
Preferred Route and Environmental Constraints

Related Projects: Elchies (Rothes III) Wind Farm Grid Connection

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Published: 17 Jun 2020
Elchies (Rothes III) Wind Farm Grid Connection Virtual Consultation Times

Related Projects: Elchies (Rothes III) Wind Farm Grid Connection

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Published: 17 Jun 2020

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Elchies (Rothes III) Grid Connection Virtual Consultation - July 2020

Elchies (Rothes III) Grid Connection Virtual Consultation - July 2020

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