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Controversial pylon project planned for the region is scaled back  

Credit:  By Stephen Temlett | Daily Record | 13 Jul 2016 | www.dailyrecord.co.uk ~~

Controversial proposals for huge pylons to be built across the region have been scaled back.

ScottishPower Energy Networks (SPEN) has submitted amended plans for the Dumfries and Galloway Strategic Reinforcement project to energy watchdog Ofgem.

Campaigners against the original 109-mile bid have welcomed the move.

The original proposals drew more than 1,600 responses and there will be a public consultation on the new plans come the autumn.

SPEN had planned to build a massive network from Auchencrosh in Ayrshire, through Dumfries and Galloway and into Cumbria.

But they have been forced to review the project which was dubbed “uneconomic” by National Grid bosses.

The revised bid will stretch less than 30 miles between Kendoon and Tongland in Galloway.

Dr Alan Jones, chairman of campaign group Dumgal Against Pylons, said: “We are delighted that Scottish Power has listened to the concerns of residents, community councils, Dumfries and Galloway Council, and the many organisations which exist to protect Scotland’s unique and wonderful environment.

“There are still some issues with the latest scheme which cause concern. But overall, this revised scheme is to be welcomed.”

SPEN undertook another review of the proposals after changes to subsidy arrangements for onshore windfarms from the UK Government.

They now determine a “reduced scheme” is the favourable option.

Pearse Murray, SP Energy Networks’ transmission director, said: “The future of electricity generation in Scotland differs now in comparison to what was forecast when we first started planning this upgrade.

“Our revised proposal will ensure that only the appropriate level of infrastructure will be built at this time.”

Source:  By Stephen Temlett | Daily Record | 13 Jul 2016 | www.dailyrecord.co.uk

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