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New less intrusive pylon SSE wins Ofgem backing

A new type of pylon will soon be rolled out across the country after SSE won a design competition.

The more observant energy watchers may be surprised at the announcement of a new business electricity pylon: as we reported a while ago, new T-pylons have been introduced by National Grid. However, this design cannot be used where soil is shallow, or at high altitude

Local communities have long complained that traditional pylons – which has changed little in 90 years – damage the natural beauty of areas such as the Scottish Highlands, and some claim they actually have negative environmental impacts.

In response to these limitations, Ofgem, the industry regulator, launched a campaign to design a less intrusive electricity pylons for mountainous areas.

In fact, a Scottish company, SSE, has come up with the winning design, which it claims could save money through smaller foundations than current pylons so needing less land.

SSE will now get £6.6 million and will now further develop their new design, with plans to explore a range of materials, different ways of insulating power lines and variations on foundations. The company says power capacity could be increased to and from up to 25 remote communities.

The new style of power pylon being designed by SSE won £6.6m in a competition run by Ofgem for working with a design consultancy to find a way of reducing the visual and environmental impact.

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