Consultation has begun in the North West on the National Grid’s plans to connect new sources of electricity into the national network.
The move comes as a result of plans to build the massive new 3.4GW Moorside power station near Sellafield in Cumbria.
The grid also needs to export the cumulative power generated by other new energy projects in the region.
It is considering a connection using an onshore route north from Moorside to a point on the existing network at Harker, near Carlisle.
An alternative is an onshore route south from Moorside across the Barrow Peninsula and through a tunnel under Morecambe Bay which would come up near Heysham.
The National Grid wants public opinion on the options, and held the first of 33 meetings across the North West at Dalton in Furness earlier this week.
National Grid owns and manage the grids that connect people to the energy they need, from whatever the source.
For more information about the project and future consultation events, visit www.northwestcoastconnections.com or call Freephone 0800 876 6990.