Wind Power: Electrical Substations

Energy and Climate Change written question – answered on 11th June 2014.

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Photo of Chris Ruane Chris Ruane Labour, Vale of Clwyd

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change

(1) what the average distance is between an onshore wind farm and its connecting sub-station;

(2) what length of cables between onshore wind farms and connecting sub-stations has been placed (a) above ground and (b) underground in each of the last five years;

(3) in which locations cables between onshore wind farms and connecting sub-stations have been placed completely underground in each of the last 10 years.

Photo of Michael Fallon Michael Fallon The Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills , Minister of State, Department of Energy and Climate Change, Minister of State for Portsmouth

The Department does not hold this information. Wind farms usually own the cables connecting them to substations. Gathering the information requested would, therefore, require contacting individual wind farm developers at a disproportionate cost.

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