What is VISTA?

The electricity and gas markets regulator, Ofgem, is responsible for administering a £500m fund for GB electricity transmission owners to mitigate the impact of existing electricity infrastructure on the visual amenity of nationally designated landscapes. This is part of the RIIO-T1 Price Controls that incentives and regulates how transmission owners operate, covering the eight year period from April 2013 to March 2021.

The primary objective of VISTA is to use the Ofgem funding to deliver the maximum benefit for nationally designated landscapes in the north of Scotland transmission network. This will be achieved by delivering projects that offer significant reductions in visual impact, while avoiding unwanted economic and environmental impacts.

Killin VISTA 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:

2 July 2020

10:00 - 12:00, 14:00 - 16:00 & 18:00 - 20:00

                                                                                                                                                                                

Enhancing designated landscapes

VISTA represents an opportunity to reassess the historic electricity infrastructure within, and in some instances in close proximity to, National Parks and National Scenic Areas (NSAs), and to conserve and enhance the natural beauty, wildlife and cultural heritage of these important Scottish landscapes.

By promoting this project we hope to ensure that the proposals taken forward not only represent SSEN and our stakeholders vision as to where the natural beauty of the landscape can be enhanced, but also give those that live, visit and work in and around the designated landscapes a voice in contributing to the assessment and selection of candidate projects that may be taken forward.  

 

 

 

Working with stakeholders

Right from the beginning of the VISTA project, stakeholder involvement in helping to shape the development of proposals was viewed as a vital part of the process. To allow maximum benefit to be realised, the views of stakeholders and consumers needs to be at the heart of the decision making process.

To ensure that our decisions were reflective of stakeholders’ views, we sought to involve as many relevant parties as possible. Through engagement with stakeholders and other relevant interest groups, we aimed to provide an opportunity for these stakeholders to contribute to the identification and selection of VISTA proposals.

 

 

 

 

 

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Current proposals

Informed by the stakeholder engagement and consultation conducted to date, a number of proposals have been considered by our engineering and environment teams.

Detailed technical analysis of the proposed schemes has concluded and the following proposals have been identified as offering the best opportunity for delivering visual impact enhancement, while meeting with the other core principles of VISTA, namely to limit negative socioeconomic and environmental impacts and offer best value for money.

These schemes have also been deemed technically suitable from a networks operation perspective, ensuring that network reliability and security of supply will not be constrained if the schemes are successful in obtaining regulatory funding from Ofgem.

Current proposals

Killin VISTA Booklet

Killin VISTA Information Brochure
File Type: pdf
Published: 18 Jun 2020

Killin VISTA Consultation Feedback

VISTA Consultation Questions - Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park proposals
Closing Date: 24 Jul 2020

Policy documents

VISTA policy document
File Type: pdf
Published: 15 Sep 2016
VISTA annual review document 2016/17
File Type: pdf
Published: 14 Jun 2017
VISTA policy annex
File Type: pdf
Published: 15 Sep 2016
VISTA project map
A map of our infrastructure in the areas mentioned above.
File Type: pdf
Published: 15 Sep 2016