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UK Maps Out £54 Billion of Wiring to Connect Offshore Wind

  • New wires and pylons are needed to bring power from Scotland
  • Transmission projects can expect local objections in planning
Offshore wind turbines off the coast in Clacton On Sea, UK.

Offshore wind turbines off the coast in Clacton On Sea, UK.

Photographer: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg
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National Grid Plc has laid out plans for a £54 billion upgrade to the electricity grid, the biggest investment since the 1950s, to connect up its growing fleet of offshore wind farms. 

The current government set a goal to reach 50 gigawatts of offshore wind capacity by the end of the decade, more than triple the amount generating power today. That will require a huge upgrade to cabling infrastructure to transport electricity from the turbines at sea to population centers in the south of England.