Hundreds of miles of new cables and pylons will be needed across the UK for the country to meet its net zero goals, the head of National Grid has said. Infrastructure needed for electric cars, heat pumps and industrial electrification would have to be built at a much faster pace than in the past.
We will need to build about seven times as much infrastructure in the next seven or eight years than we built in the last 30.
Electricity cables running from new wind turbines off the east coast to parts of southern England where the power is required will be necessary if the Government is to hit its target of a 400 per cent increase in offshore wind
The Government has set the target of decarbonising the power system by 2035 and becoming a net exporter of electricity by 2040. 
We’re going to need changes to regulation, to the planning process, but we also need to work with local communities. They should get the benefits when they’re hosting this infrastructure. Plans for 110 miles of pylons stretching from Norwich in Norfolk to Tilbury in Essex have already created controversy among residents and concern about the impact on the landscape and local nature. The plans for the 400kV electricity transmission line have faced opposition from councils in the affected regions of Suffolk, Norfolk and Essex. 
South Norfolk Council has accused National Grid of behaving as if “no-one lives in Norfolk” because of a failure to provide sufficient information about the impact of the development. 
The lines pass through Constable Country in Suffolk, with local MPs and businesses concerned about the impact on tourism. 
An area of the lines passing through Dedham Vale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty will be laid underground to preserve the impact on the environment. But National Grid has defended its plans for the rest of the lines to be laid using 50m high pylons. 
The plans also include an extended substation at Norwich, which will connect to the new Equinor and Hornsea offshore wind farms in the North Sea and another substation at Ipswich. 

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