The Denny to Wishaw Network Upgrade will allow more clean, green energy to get to homes and businesses in Central Scotland and beyond.
It will link up existing transmission lines and strengthen the high-voltage network, helping Scotland and the UK meet our Net Zero climate change targets.
Investing in our network will help ensure we can all benefit from the increase in renewable energy in Scotland, including offshore windfarms in the North Sea.
The Denny to Wishaw Network Upgrade will allow an additional 1,000MW (Megawatts) of green energy to flow north-to-south through Scotland’s central belt.
This website explains our plans, and how you can give us your views.
Background: the energy challenge
The UK is committed to achieving Net Zero emissions of greenhouse gases by 2050, with a target of 40GW of electricity to come from offshore wind by 2030 - enough to power every home in the UK.
Scotland has taken a further step, setting a target date for Net Zero emissions by 2045 – meaning that Scotland’s contribution to climate change will end, definitively, in one generation.
At the same time, the UK Government forecasts that the use of green electricity will double by 2050, with the amount generated from UK offshore wind predicted to increase to 100GW from a projected 40GW in 2030.
We are in the middle of a transformation, with the electricity we use moving away from centralised generation towards multiple smaller-scale renewable sources, both on and off shore, which are geographically distributed.
This huge change means we need to upgrade the UK’s electricity transmission infrastructure, to accommodate the increasing amount of power flowing through the network from where it is produced to the homes, businesses, hospitals and public services that need it.