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6,500 give feedback on link from wind farms to national network

National Grid’s consultation on plans to connect proposed new wind farms in Powys to the national transmission network in Shropshire generated over 6,500 responses, it announced yesterday.

Feedback is being analysed and National Grid said it expects to make an announcement on which substation siting area and route corridor in the areas of Abermule and Cefn Coch it will take forward to the next phase of consultation.

Lead project manager Jeremy Lee said: “We are extremely pleased with the high level of participation during this first phase of consultation and I’d like to thank everyone who took the time to take part.

“It’s important that all of this feedback is analysed and considered as it will help inform our decision on which substation siting area and route corridor will be taken forward to the next phase of consultation.

“We’d hoped to make that announcement this autumn.

“However, following the amount of detailed feedback we have received and the announcements made by the Welsh Government regarding renewable energy in Wales, it is likely that we will not be able to do this until winter 2011/2012.

“We are continuing to move forward with our proposals and consultation to connect the planned wind farms to the national transmission network but will continue to liaise with the Welsh Government, DECC and wind farm developers to understand what these statements mean for our proposals now and in the future.

“We fully recognise the high levels of interest in the project and that people are keen to know which route and substation area will be taken forward as soon as possible, but it is important to allow time for feedback and government guidance to be considered before moving to the next stage.”