SSEN Transmission has submitted a new business plan for the future of the north of Scotland electricity transmission system.

The plan, which was released today to the UK energy regulator, Ofgem, covers the period from April 2021 to March 2026. Titled A Network For Net Zero, it follows substantial consultation with national and local stakeholders as well as SSEN Transmission’s independent expert RIIO-T2 User Group.

It aims to support both the UK and Scottish Governments’ net zero emissions targets and meet the needs and expectations expressed by stakeholders. It outlines goals such as providing transport for renewable energy that powers 10 million homes, a one-third reduction in greenhouse gas emissions and creating £100 million in efficiency savings from innovation.

Commenting on the final business plan, Rob McDonald, managing director for SSEN Transmission, said: “With our network region home to some of the UK’s greatest resources of renewable energy we have a critical role to play in the fight to prevent the worst effects of climate change, connecting up more renewable energy and transporting it across the country.

“We believe our Business Plan represents a balanced package that makes a powerful case for the vital investment needed to deliver a pathway net zero. It will also lead to improved network reliability, at an affordable cost to consumers, whilst providing a fair return to investors.”