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Connecting renewable energy to homes and businesses to address the climate emergency

Have your say on our proposals for a new wooden pole overhead line. Our non-statutory consultation will run from 15 November 2023 – 10 January 2024.

The Climate Emergency is a threat to our planet and our communities. As a result, the Welsh and UK governments have set legally binding targets to reach net zero (the balance between the amount of greenhouse gas emitted, versus the amount removed from the atmosphere) by 2050, encouraging people to act now, to ensure the future is protected.

For Wales to meet Welsh Government’s target of 100 per cent of its electricity needs from renewable sources by 2035, we will need to move quickly to bring forward new renewable energy projects and supporting infrastructure, to ensure a more sustainable, improved and secure energy grid.

In Mid Wales, however, the existing electricity network does not have the capacity to connect new renewables to homes and businesses. To end the use of fossil fuels and address the climate emergency, we need new infrastructure - and quickly.

Green Generation Energy Networks Cymru (Green GEN Cymru) is therefore proposing an overhead line connecting from Bute Energy’s Banc Du and Rhiwlas Energy Parks to a collector substation site in the Powys uplands, near Cefn Coch, as well as a new underground cable connection between the two proposed Energy Parks. These connections form the Rhiwlas Green Energy Network (Rhiwlas GEN) project.

We are proposing that the overhead line is made on wooden poles. We feel that poles will blend sympathetically into the local landscape and minimise the visual impact on local people and communities.

We know people have different views on new infrastructure; we want to work collaboratively with local communities and listen to these views. We’re committed to developing our project sensitively, with regard to consultation feedback, alongside the results of environmental and technical assessments.

Your feedback can help us better understand any potential impacts effects from our proposals, so we can develop solutions which are considerate of the local environment and those who live and work there.

Come and see us

We are keen to hear a wide range of views about our proposal for the Rhiwlas GEN project. We have organised three drop-in events for people to come along and find out more information, meet the project team and ask any questions they may have.

Details of these events can be found below:

Event #1

Venue: Cefn Coch Inn, Welshpool, SY21 0AE
Date: Thursday 30th November 2023
Time: 14:30 - 19:30

Event #2

Venue: Llangurig Community Centre, Llangurig, Llanidloes, SY18 6SG
Date: Friday 1st December 2023
Time: 14:30 - 19:30

Event #3

Venue: Carno Community Centre, Carno, SY17 5LH
Date: Tuesday 5th December 2023
Time: 15:00 - 20:00

Powering a positive energy

We want to make sure Wales has the energy it needs in a Net Zero world.

Wales has the potential to be at the forefront of the green industrial revolution. There is limitless potential for renewable energy generation in Wales – particularly the wind that blows across our hills and mountains. However, green energy is currently restricted to the windy areas of Wales: we need to be able to move this to the homes, hospitals, schools, industries, businesses and communities which need it.

To meet this challenge, we are developing a stronger, more resilient and interconnected renewable electricity network, which is needed to distribute clean, green energy from where it is generated, to where it is needed.

We want to build a positive, clean future for everyone. Without the right infrastructure, delivering Wales' Net Zero future will simply not be possible.

Get involved

We are keen to hear people’s views about our proposals for the Rhiwlas GEN project.

We are holding a consultation between 15 November 2023 – 10 January 2024 and you can find out how to get involved here.

View our proposals for the Rhiwlas Green Energy Network on our interactive map here

Get in touch

0800 699 0081

FREEPOST TC CONSULTATION (no further address or stamp required)

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