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* Drax (the “Group” or “Drax Group”) is pleased to announce that it has agreed to acquire Scottish Power’s portfolio of pumped storage, hydro and gas-fired generation (the “Portfolio”) for £702 million in cash (the “Acquisition”) from Iberdrola, subject to Drax shareholder approval.  Click here

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* At last two politicians have put their head above the parapet and written to support GWP.

Finlay Carson, MSP

Alister Jack, MP  Also notes from SPEN in response to his enquiry Click here

* Support from Dalbeattie Community Council  Click here

* Glenlee Substation Update "Bad News" Click here

Objection from D. C. Forbes, Laurieston   From an equestrian perspective. 

* We wrote to SPEN and asked them to explain the Integrated Network Management Project in more detail. This was SPEN's response

Another Community Council wants the KTR Project underground.          Crossmichael and District Community Council

* DUMFRIES & GALLOWAY Integrated Network Management

"Dumfries and Galloway has among the UK’s highest proportion of connected renewable generation relative to its demand for energy.

That can present difficulties when it comes to exporting renewable energy back to the electricity grid and connecting new projects.

Currently, 90MW of distributed generation are connected in Dumfries and Galloway, while more than 200MW of additional distributed generation are contracted to connect in the future.

As a result, we are implementing a revolutionary, wide-scale integrated network management zone across the area.

It’s the first integrated network management scheme of its kind in the UK and will span 11 grid supply points and interface with the System Operator. The project will help manage transmission network constraints by using an active network management (ANM) system to monitor and manage exports from distributed generation on SPEN’s network.

As well as resulting in fewer constraints for existing distributed energy resources, the system will enable the connection of new ones.

By improving access to a heavily congested part of the network, we are directly supporting the move to a smarter flexible network".

Who is aware of this project for Dumfries and Galloway? Trust and transparency? None whatsoever!

The plan is to increase electricity generation for 90MW to 290MW. How much of this extra generation is coming from wind farms already erected and not producing and how much will come from new wind farms? There plan will create uncertainty in the housing market, it will affect tourism and jobs and it may hinder the chances of Dumfries and Galloway becoming a National Park.

Whatever the answer is we, the people who live and work in Dumfries and Galloway, need to know. We need SPEN to adhere to their "values" and show us respect through transparency and social responsibility. This is not just an issue for the people affected by the KTR Project but an issue for everyone.

Watch this Video from SSEN   (Scottish & Southern Electricity Networks) who are investing £15m undergrounding 90km of overhead lines.

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. The primary objective of VISTA (Visual Impact of Scottish Transmission Assets) 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. 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.

 

* Phil McMenemy, Photographic Artist & Gallery Owner, Laurieston Phil's letter for GWP website

* This is the latest email received from Stephen Jack, SPEN's Environmental Planner.

From: "Jack, Stephen" <Stephen.Jack@spenergynetworks.co.uk>
Subject: RE: KTR
Date: 6 August 2018 at 11:25:42 BST
To: Paul Swift <paul@lochenbreck.co.uk>
Cc: DGSR <dgsr@communityrelations.co.uk>

Hi Paul,

Thanks for your email. Yes, this weather has been fantastic and is certainly a welcome break from the norm. I trust that you have also been able to get out and enjoy it, while it lasts.

In regards to tower heights on the Glenlee to Tongland section, based on the current design, the highest tower height is 35m and lowest is 25m (tower heights are an average of 29m over the 120 towers between Glenlee and Tongland). Please note that this design process is still ongoing and will continue to be informed by the results of the environmental assessment and ongoing discussions with landowners over the remainder of this year.

In regards to the cable studies, as intimated previously, we will be working on this assessment over the coming months (likely into early 2019). The requirement for this assessment, as set out in the Scottish Ministers scoping response dated 04/10/17 ("Assessment of Alternative Measures", page 7. Reference: http://www.energyconsents.scot/ApplicationDetails.aspx ), is that it be included in the Environmental Impact Assessment Report (EIAR) submitted in support of the consent applications to the Scottish Ministers next year. As you will note, the requirements of the scoping only require SPEN to consider undergrounding at the "pinch points" identified on the proposed OHL routes. However, following consideration of the third round consultation feedback, including that received from yourself, SPEN have also committed to consider potential cable options for a continuous cable route between Glenlee and Tongland based on a 'blank sheet' approach.

Going forward, the next opportunity for stakeholders and communities to get involved in the project will be at the application stage. Once SPEN submit the application we will publicise this on our website and place all relevant documents (including the EIAR, undergrounding report etc) on our project website. We will also leave hard copies of all documents for view at publically available viewpoints (this is a formal requirement of the application process). The key thing to note about this consultation is that, unlike the last three rounds of consultation undertaken on KTR, this is a formal process and will be undertaken by the Scottish Ministers. Therefore all comments and views (informed by the EIAR, undergrounding report etc) will be made direct to the Scottish Ministers, not SPEN.

As the applicant for these proposals SPEN will publicise the following information on our website (and by direct email to everyone who has registered for email updates from our dgsr@communityrelations.co.uk mailbox) and via public notices which will run over two consecutive weeks in the local press:

- when the applications have been submitted
- where supporting documents can be viewed
- how and to whom comments on the applications should be made
- timescales for submission of comments (legislation states that this should be a minimum of 28 days following last public notice in the local press)

The information above was set out as part of the third round consultation material however I think it is useful to point out to everyone who will want to be involved going forward.

I trust this information is useful but please do not hesitate to contact me should you require anything else at this stage. If you can also let me know when your website is up and running that would be much appreciated.

Best Regards
Stephen