Electric Cables

Energy and Climate Change written question – answered on 14th July 2010.

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Photo of Andrew Percy Andrew Percy Conservative, Brigg and Goole

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what his policy is on the replacement of overhead power lines and pylons with underground cables.

Photo of Charles Hendry Charles Hendry The Minister of State, Department of Energy and Climate Change

It is the responsibility of the transmission owners to design and develop the networks in the most efficient manner, within the regulatory price control review mechanism.

We would expect the transmission owner companies to make a balanced assessment of the benefits of reducing any environmental impacts of overhead electricity transmission lines, including by undergrounding, against the costs and technical challenges of doing so.

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