Opportunity for communities to have their say on new clean energy substation proposed in Rotherham **Partner Release**

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National Grid is consulting communities from 20 May to 17 June on its plans for a new electricity substation near Brinsworth in Rotherham.

The new substaion will strengthen National Grid's network and connect clean energy to the grid - part of The Great Grid Upgrade.

Local residents are invited to attend consultation events to learn more about the proposals. The substation is crucial to upgrade critical infrastructure and ensure a secure and reliable supply of clean energy. 

National Grid is making changes to its network of electricity infrastructure that transports power around the country, in order to connect new sources of power generated from offshore wind and other low carbon sources to the homes and business across Britain. 

The Great Grid Upgrade is the largest overhaul of the grid in generations. It will play a large part in the UK government’s plan to boost homegrown power, helping the UK switch to clean energy and make sure our electricity network is fit for the future; carrying more clean, secure energy from where it’s generated to where it is needed.

As part of the Brinsworth to High Marnham project, National Grid is proposing to build and operate a new 400 kV substation on land to the east of Long Lane, near Brinsworth in Rotherham. The new substation, which forms a key part of The Great Grid Upgrade, will play an important role in building a more secure and resilient future energy system and provide the ability to transport cleaner energy from the North of England to homes and businesses across the Midlands and beyond, helping to reduce our reliance on fossil fuels.

The local community is invited to find out more about National Grid’s plans and provide their feedback:

Online: www.nationalgrid.com/b-hm

In-person events: Friday 7 June from 2pm – 7pm and Saturday 8 June from 9am – 2pm at The Centre, Brinsworth Lane, Brinsworth, Rotherham S60 5DG

Webinar: Wednesday 12 June from 6pm – 7pm. To register to attend, email Brinsworth-HighMarnham@nationalgrid.com

The Brinsworth to High Marnham project will support the UK’s net zero target by adding capacity to accommodate increasing power flows of energy generated in particular from offshore wind, in Scotland and North East England, which is expected to double within the next ten years, to areas of demand south to the Midlands and beyond. By reinforcing the network in the centre of the country, the project will facilitate the connection of more renewable and low carbon electricity, to allow clean green energy to be carried around the network.

Leanne Evans, National Grid project director, said: “Demand for electricity is expected to rise as the way we power our homes, businesses and transport changes. As the nation moves towards net zero, the fossil fuels that once powered our economy will be replaced with sources of low-carbon electricity. 

“This project is one of several network upgrades designed to get greater capability out of the existing network; allowing more electricity to pass through the transmission network and help accelerate the connection of clean energy projects. 

“We want to hear the views of local communities near the proposed series of works and we encourage the community in Rotherham to participate. We value their input as we develop our plans and feedback from local people and stakeholders will help inform and shape our proposals.”

National Grid expect the proposed substation near Brinsworth to be operational in winter 2029.

National Grid’s Community Relations team are available to answer questions on 0800 073 1047 or Brinsworth-HighMarnham@nationalgrid.com. They’re available from 9am – 5:30pm Monday to Friday with an answer service outside these times.

Published: 17th May 2024