Consultation on East Anglia Green Energy Enablement proposals

14 July 2022

Farm business East Anglia
A picture of a row of wind turbines on the shore line

National Grid launched a public consultation on its proposals to reinforce the electricity network in East Anglia. Follow the progress of the consultation.

16 June 2022

We highlight issues in our response to the consultation

The NFU responded to the consultation on behalf of farmers and growers.

Our response highlights issues including the lack of underground and offshore options that have been considered and the need for the project in light of the review currently being undertaken into the offshore transmission network.

Member download: NFU response to National Grid East Anglia Green Energy Enablement (GREEN) Project Consultation

Our response looks at:

  • Scheme route
  • Requirement for the network reinforcement
  • Alternative technologies
  • Offshore
  • Underground
  • Alternative tower types
  • Environmental mitigation and biodiversity net gain
  • Consultation with landowners
  • Impact on agricultural businesses
  • Amount of land to be taken for the scheme

Further engagement

We would like to engage further with National Grid on behalf of members that may be affected by the proposed scheme.

We would like to hold a meeting with National Grid once further information is available on the cables being laid underground and the possibility of the cables being offshore.

Next steps

National Grid anticipate launching its statutory consultation in May 2023 before submitting its application for a Development Consent Order to the Planning Inspectorate in December 2024.

Please note that these timescales are indicative and may change as the project develops.

Are you affected? Get in touch.

If you are a member who is affected by the scheme, and have not already done so, please register with your regional office to ensure your interests are represented by the NFU.

16 June 2022

Consultation closes

This consultation closed on Thursday 16 June.

21 April 2022

National grid launches public consultation

On 21 April, National Grid launched a non-statutory consultation on East Anglia Green Energy Enablement (GREEN) proposals. 

The consultation ran until Friday 16 June.

You can read about the consultation on the National Grid website. Visit nationalgrid.com.

The East Anglia Green Energy Enablement project (East Anglia GREEN) is being developed by National Grid to reinforce the high voltage power network in East Anglia between the existing substations at Norwich Main in Norfolk, Bramford in Suffolk and Tilbury in Essex.

The project will also connect new offshore wind generation to the grid.

The proposals include building a new 400kV overhead line, and underground cable through the Dedhem Vale AONB, work at existing substations and building a new substation in the Tendring district to connect new proposed offshore wind farms to the electricity transmission network.

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Summary

  • The East Anglia Green Energy Enablement project is being developed by National Grid to reinforce the high voltage power network in East Anglia between the existing substations at Norwich Main in Norfolk, Bramford in Suffolk and Tilbury in Essex.
  • The project will also connect new offshore wind generation to the grid.
  • Proposals include building a new 400kV overhead line, and underground cable through the Dedhem Vale AONB, work at existing substations and building a new substation in the Tendring district to connect new proposed offshore wind farms to the electricity transmission network.
  • National Grid launched a non-statutory consultation in April which closed on the 16th June.
  • Our response highlights issues including the lack of considered underground and offshore options that and the need for the project in light of the review currently being undertaken into the offshore transmission network.