Operating under licence as Scottish Hydro Electric for the transmission of electricity in the north of Scotland, SSE has recently received approval from the energy regulator OFGEM for its Visual Impact of Scottish Transmission Assets (VISTA) policy.
This gives SEE Networks the ‘green light’ to take forward proposals on improving the visual impact of its current transmission infrastructure in Grampian and the Highlands.
The VISTA project is part of a GB wide programme to minimise the visual impact of pre-existing transmission infrastructure – for example towers, overhead lines and substations. OFGEM has set aside funding of £500 million for the three GB transmission owners to bid into for their individual projects.
Richard Baldwin, Head of Environment (Transmission) for SSE Networks, said: “We work hard to find the right balance between providing a safe and secure supply of electricity, delivered in a cost efficient way, while doing all we can to minimise the impact on the landscape.
“We therefore welcome the opportunity to apply to OFGEM for funding to improve the visual impact of the existing assets we own within Scotland’s National Parks and National Scenic Areas.”
One of the designated landscapes being considered is the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, in collaboration with Scottish Power.
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