17th May 2017

National Grid NWCC Plans On Hold

Yesterday we were contacted by National Grid who let us know that they are putting their work on NWCC on hold due to uncertainty over the future of the Moorside nuclear power station project.  NuGEN are undertaking a "strategic review" of their project, and looking for a new funder as Toshiba are pulling their backing due to financial problems.  This means that there is no current need case at the moment for a grid link.

National Grid have stated: "In line with NuGen’s review, we are pausing work on our connection. This will ensure we can align our plans both for the application for consent and the development of the infrastructure itself.”

You can read more about this pause here in the News and Star, and see Grid's official statement here.

As yet, we don't know what this will mean for the project and its impact on the Lake District National Park, but we will obviously be keeping a close watch on what happens next.

23rd February 2017

Ofgem Consultation on the Need for North West Coast Connections

Friends of the Lake District commented on a consultation from Ofgem the energy regulator which asked:

"In this consultation we have set out our initial views on National Grid’s North West Coast Connections project which would connect a proposed new nuclear power station in Cumbria to the main transmission network in Great Britain.

This document covers three broad assessment areas:

  1. Whether we think there is a technical need for the project.
  2. How NGET has narrowed down the option it has taken forward to its planning consultation.
  3. Whether the project, or sections of it, are suitable for competitive tender.

This consultation is aimed at parties interested in our views on the first project we have assessed under both of these frameworks, including potential bidders, incumbent network operators, interested consumer groups, as well as other relevant stakeholders."

Click here to see a copy of our response

6th January 2017

Friends of the Lake District made its response to the NWCC consultation.

You can read it here. Click to see document

Thank you to everyone who has contacted National Grid with your concerns. As of 2pm there have been more than 2270 letters written to National Grid via the website and we know of plenty more people who have written separately. Hopefully we can stop National Grid spoiling the Duddon Estuary and the Furness peninsula pictured above.