MP holds power
talks with energy firm
MP has held talks with a green energy company about the possibility
of burying a controversial new power line that is set to run across
the Somerset countryside.
National Grid wants to build a line of 46.5m tall pylons in a
'route corridor' that will run past the Burnham area, through
the village of Mark and close to East Huntspill and Watchfield.
Tessa Munt discused the plans for transmission of power with representatives
of the Greenwire project, which has secured an agreement with
National Grid for a 3,000MW grid connection to the mainland, providing
clean, green electricity generated from onshore wind turbines
in central Ireland.
Greenwire project has the potential to supply the UK with 10 terawatt
hours of renewable power annually, which is enough to power three
million homes. Greenwire is one the largest onshore energy projects
in the EU, connecting the onshore wind farms in Ireland to two
substations in Wales using underground and subsea methods.
told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "I am committed to finding alternatives
to the universally unpopular National Grid plan to erect pylons
across the Somerset countryside."
Greenwire project clearly shows it is possible to use both underground
and underwater methods to revamp our crumbling energy infrastructure,
not just having to revert to 1920s technology destroying communities
and our countryside."