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North Wales Wind Farms Connection

SP Energy Networks is currently developing proposals to connect a number of new wind farms in North Wales to the electricity distribution network.

North Wales has been identified as an important location for renewable energy generation. There are a number of developers who are proposing to build wind farms in the area and we are working closely with them. The proposed wind farms are concentrated in and around Strategic Search Area A — one of the seven areas identified in the Welsh Government’s Technical Advice Note (TAN) 8: Planning for Renewable Energy as being relatively unconstrained and capable of accommodating large scale wind power developments.

We have agreements in place with two of the wind farm developers to provide them with a connection to the electricity network. These are Clocaenog and Brenig. This will require a new substation to collect the power from the wind farms and a new 132,000 volt (132kV) connection to the existing electricity network at St Asaph.

Further information about the North Wales wind farm connection can be found on the project website.

Important Update

On 28 July 2016, the Secretary of State for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy granted development consent to SP Manweb for the North Wales Wind Farm Connection - Option B route under section 114 of the Planning Act 2008. It will connect new wind farms in North Wales to the electricity distribution network.

The Development Consent Order can be challenged by making a claim for judicial review to the Planning Court. A claim for judicial review must be made within 6 weeks after the day on which the Order was published (28 July).

North Wales has been identified as an important location for renewable energy generation. SP Manweb is working closely with developers who have permission to build wind farms in the area. For more information about the Development Consent Order, please click here

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