A Somerset MP believes she could have found the answer to the controversy surrounding unwanted power lines and electricity pylons proposed across the Somerset Levels – in the middle of Ireland.
Tessa Munt said she met with the people behind a project to build onshore wind turbines in the centre of the Republic, and found that they are connecting them to the National Grid in Britain using an undersea cable.
The Lib Dem MP has long lobbied National Grid to send the cables from the proposed new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point either underground or under the sea to join the main grid at Avonmouth – rather than ‘scar’ the landscape of the Levels with pylons and cables.
“The Irish project proposes using high voltage direct current (HVDC) cables, which reduces the amount of electricity lost and, crucially for Somerset, are more easily buried,” she said.
Ms Munt said she was enthusiastic about following up her initial meeting with the Greenwire representatives as she has worked consistently to find alternatives to National Grid’s current proposals, which will see 50km of overhead pylons ‘scarring the Somerset countryside, ruining the lives of local people, tourism and businesses’.
Ms Munt said: “I am committed to finding alternatives to the universally unpopular National Grid plan to erect pylons across the Somerset countryside. The Greenwire project clearly shows it is possible to use both underground and underwater methods to revamp our crumbling energy infrastructure.”