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Electric Cables

Energy and Climate Change written question – answered on 9th February 2011.

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Photo of Tessa Munt Tessa Munt Liberal Democrat, Wells

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what discussions (a) Ministers and (b) officials in his Department have had with the national grid on its policy on undergrounding overhead high voltage electricity transmission lines.

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

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.

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