Frequently Asked Questions

Here you’ll find answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about the Yorkshire GREEN project. Please let us know if you have any further questions by emailing [email protected] or calling 0800 029 4359.

Who is National Grid?  

National Grid sits at the heart of Great Britain’s energy system, connecting millions of people and businesses to the energy they use every day. We bring energy to life – in the heat, light and power we bring to our customer’s homes and businesses; in the way that we support our communities and help them to grow; and in the way we show up in the world. It is our vision to be at the heart of a clean, fair and affordable energy future. Our individual companies run the systems and infrastructure that deliver electricity across the country.  

National Grid Electricity Transmission (NGET) own, build, and maintain the electricity grid in England and Wales to which many different energy sources are connected. National Grid ESO (Electricity System Operator) control the flow of electricity around the country ensuring supply meets demand. National Grid Ventures (NGV) is the competitive division of National Grid, investing in energy projects, technologies, and partnerships to accelerate the development of our clean energy future. 

We are working to build a cleaner, fairer and more affordable energy system that serves everyone – powering the future of our homes, transport and industry. We believe by acting now, the UK can become the world’s first major clean economy, creating growth and jobs for communities across Britain.   

National Grid is committed to supporting the delivery of a decarbonized energy system, working with the Government and regulators to help meet the net zero target by 2050 and working to achieve the supply of 40GW of offshore wind in the UK by 2030, as outlined in ‘The Ten Point Plan for a Green Industrial Revolution’ (the Ten Point Plan). 

The UK is currently home to the largest operating offshore wind capacity in the world and there is substantial growth in offshore wind and interconnection capacity forecast for Scotland and the north east of England. To ensure the UK network can accommodate this increased generation, National Grid needs to expand the capacity of its transmission system. 

National Grid is committed to developing infrastructure in a way which minimises the impact on local communities whilst delivering the best value for consumers. To do this, we work closely with customers, partners and communities to develop solutions, supporting the transition to decarbonised, decentralised, smart energy systems.

What are National Grid’s obligations?  

National Grid’s statutory obligations are set out in the Electricity Act 1989 (the Electricity Act) and its Transmission Licence.  

We must develop and maintain an efficient, coordinated and economical transmission system in accordance with security and quality of supply standards. Increasingly, the energy we use is coming from renewable sources with the largest growth coming from offshore wind. Anyone can apply to National Grid to connect new generation in any part of the country, and we have a statutory obligation to respond with a connection offer.  

In planning new connections, we must consider the importance of preserving natural beauty and conserving flora and fauna and features of special interest, including sites of archaeological, architectural or historic interest. These obligations are defined under Section 38 and Schedule 9 of the Electricity Act as to ‘have regard to the desirability of preserving amenity’ and to do what we reasonably can to mitigate the potential impacts of our plans when we are working out how best to connect new generation to our network. Potential options to achieve a new connection are therefore evaluated against these statutory obligations.

Who regulates National Grid?

We are regulated by Ofgem (the Office of Gas and Electricity Markets). Further information about Ofgem is available on its website www.ofgem.gov.uk or you can call the Consumer Affairs team on 020 7901 7295 or email [email protected]  

What is the Yorkshire GREEN project?  

The Yorkshire Green Energy Enablement (GREEN) Project is a proposal by National Grid that comprises of a major reinforcement and upgrade of the electricity transmission system in Yorkshire.

The Project is sited in Yorkshire, with the most northerly components located approximately 1.5km north-east of the village of Shipton and approximately 10km north-west of York city centre. The most southerly components are at the existing Monk Fryston Substation, located to the east of the A1 and immediately south of the A63.

The Project will comprise both new infrastructure – including approximately 7km of new overhead lines, some underground cables, sealing end compounds (to connect the lines and cables) and two substations – and works to existing transmission infrastructure and facilities.

Why is the Yorkshire GREEN project needed? 

In line with the UK government’s legal commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 100% of 1990 levels (net zero) by 2050, growth in offshore wind generation and interconnectors to Europe has seen a significant number of connections planned in Scotland and coastal areas of the North of England.

The existing electricity transmission network was not designed to transfer the current and increasing volume of generation capacity from the North to major centres of electricity demand which continue to exist in central and southern England. The network will require significant reinforcement in Yorkshire to provide capacity for these connections and customers to ensure that power can be transferred securely to the needs of Great Britain electricity consumers.

Therefore there is an urgent need to deliver reinforcement in Yorkshire which will be achieved through the implementation of the Project.

How have you refined your proposals?

Our proposals have been refined following ongoing design, engineering, survey and assessment works. Your feedback has also been an integral part of this process, including all comments received during consultation.

We have also been engaging on an ongoing basis with key stakeholders to develop our proposals in more detail. This also includes a series of targeted consultations in selected areas where minor amendments to the Project have been made.

All of this engagement, together with further detailed design and assessments, has contributed to the refinement of the Project design, which has been presented in our DCO Application.

Upon acceptance of the application, the Project would progress through pre-examination and a period of examination by an appointed Examining Authority. The Examining Authority then prepares a recommendation report and submits it to the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), to make a decision on whether to grant development consent. More details on this process can be found on the ‘next steps’ page of our website.

What documents are available to read?

All archived project documents produced during our non-statutory and statutory consultations, along with community newsletters, can be found on our website. 

Our full DCO application is available on the Planning Inspectorate website. Our application includes: 

A Consultation Report: this will summarise how your responses submitted to our consultation have been considered when developing our proposals; and 

  • An Environmental Statement: this sets out what environmental effects we believe our project would have and how we propose to minimise them. 

How does the DCO application process work?

The Development Consent Order process has six key stages, as defined by the Planning Inspectorate (PINS):  

  • Pre-application – we have now completed this stage having submitted our DCO application to PINS.
  • Acceptance – PINS, on behalf of the Secretary of State, has 28 days to decide whether to accept our DCO application for examination.
  • Pre-examination – this period usually takes between three and four months and is an opportunity for the public to register with PINS to become an Interested Party by making a Relevant Representation. PINS will also formally appoint an inspector or panel of inspectors to serve as the Examining Authority.
  • Examination – The Examining Authority has up to six months to examine the application, where Interested Parties who have registered by making a Relevant Representation are invited to provide more detailed of their views in writing.
  • Decision – The Examining Authority has up to three months to make a recommendation to the Secretary of State (SoS). The SoS for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) then has a further three months to make a decision on whether to grant or refuse development consent.
  • Post-decision – once a decision has been made, there is a six-week period in which the decision may be challenged. This process of legal challenge is known as judicial review.

More guidance on this process can be found on the Planning Inspectorate’s website.

How long would it take you to build the Project?

Should consent be granted in spring 2024, pre-commencement works could begin later in the year. This would involve setting up construction compounds, constructing bellmouths (an access point from the public highway for construction purposes) and other access works. 

Our main construction programme would begin in 2024 and new infrastructure could be operational in 2027, with final works and reinstatement taking place by the end of 2028. 

How can I get in touch if I have any questions?

Our community relations lines will remain open throughout the examination process. If you have any questions or would like to speak to a member of the Project team, please get in touch using the following details:

  • Website: nationalgrid.com/yorkshire-green  
  • Email: [email protected]  
  • Freephone: 0800 029 4359  

If you are a landowner, have an interest in any of the land is affected by our Project, or if you have any questions relating to land interests in the area, please contact the Yorkshire GREEN Land Team at Fisher German using the following details:  

  • Call us: 0845 437 7357 
  • Email us: [email protected] 
  • Write to us: YORKSHIRE GREEN, FISHER GERMAN LLP, Unit 2 Carolina Court, Lakeside Business Park, Doncaster DN4 5RA