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Iberdrola’s Scottish Power Plans Scaled-Back Welsh Wind Link

July 31 (Bloomberg) -- Scottish Power Ltd., a unit of Iberdrola SA, is planning a 60 million-pound ($94 million) connection program that will link less wind power to the national grid than initially planned.

The proposals announced today include connections for about 650 megawatts of wind farms in central Wales to a new substation, according to a statement from Scottish Power.

That’s less than the 1,000 megawatts initially estimated, with the revisions following a public consultation and a decision by National Grid Plc to locate the substation at Cefn Coch in Powys, according to the statement.

The connection project will use lines of 50 kilometers (31 miles) rather than 85 kilometers first planned, according to Scottish Power. The wind farms are located in an area set aside by the Welsh government for renewable energy. The sites include Dyfnant Forest, a project with as much as 120 megawatts of capacity developed by a unit of Scottish Power.

The company will also link the power lines to the local electricity network so wind energy can be used by businesses and homes in the area. Scottish Power will start a further consultation on the plans later this year.

To contact the reporter responsible for this story: Sally Bakewell in London at Sbakewell1@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Reed Landberg at landberg@bloomberg.net

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