Energy challenge

Great Britain must make the major investment needed to deliver energy security and diversity while reducing carbon emissions.

At National Grid and ScottishPower Transmission, our job is to connect people to the energy they use – whether to heat and light their homes, or to keep factories and offices going. This puts us at the heart of the unprecedented energy challenge that the UK is facing. Great Britain must make the major investment needed to deliver energy security and diversity while reducing carbon emissions.

One way of helping to meet this challenge is to increase the amount of energy generated by renewable sources such as wind and water. In Scotland the amount of renewable energy generated is increasing rapidly. At present the Scottish transmission system is linked to the system in England and Wales by two overhead electricity transmission lines, but these are running at full capacity. To enable the new sources of renewable energy to connect into the electricity transmission system, an additional link with Scotland is needed.

This is the Western Link – a new high voltage direct current (HVDC) connection – that will help ease the current bottleneck and allow renewable sources of energy to connect into the electricity system in Scotland.