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Ministers and officials have ongoing discussions with national grid on its approach to undergrounding high voltage electricity transmission lines. These discussions have included a request from DECC to national grid to fund an independent and authoritative study to give clarity on the practicality, costs and impacts of undergrounding and subsea cabling as alternatives to overhead lines. This independent study is being undertaken by the Institution of Engineering and Technology and consultants KEMA, and will be owned by those two organisations. DECC is also engaging with national grid in relation to its consultation on its approach to undergrounding, which was launched in December 2010.