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Eastern Green Link 4

Scotland is a world leader in the fight against climate change We are producing more clean, green energy than ever before, and we need to strengthen the electricity transmission network so we can get it to the homes, schools and businesses that need it.

Eastern Green Link 4 (EGL4) is a new High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) electrical link that will connect Fife in Scotland with Norfolk in England.

The EGL4 project will play a key role in the fight against climate change, and the UK’s transition to Net Zero. It is one of many new transmission upgrades that are planned in the UK.

This website explains our plans, and how you can give us your views.

Background: the energy challenge

The UK and Scottish Governments are committed to increasing the use of renewable energy and have targets to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emission by 2045 in Scotland and 2050 in the UK.

As the country shifts away from traditional forms of fuel to heat homes, charge vehicles and power businesses, there is greater need for clean electricity.

By the end of this decade, the UK Government also aims for every home in the country to be powered by offshore wind and has set a 50GW offshore wind connections target by the early 2030s.

Much of the new onshore and offshore wind generation is in or around Scotland, and the existing electricity network does not have enough capacity to transmit all the additional clean, green energy from where it’s produced to where it’s needed.

 

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