This reflects the accelerating progress, with a challenging portfolio of work to connect new wind, hydro and marine generators to the grid across SSEPD’s two north of Scotland electricity network businesses – Scottish Hydro Electric Transmission and Scottish Hydro Electric Power Distribution.

The completion of two major new transmission substations at Corriemoillie (shown in images) in Ross-shire and Fetteresso in Aberdeenshire in the final months of 2013 connected two new wind farms at Lochluichart and Mid Hill, while also providing space for future contracted connections.

SSEPD’s Director of Transmission David Gardner said: “The growth of renewable generation across the north of Scotland is transforming the role of our network.  Investment on this scale has not been seen since the hydro development era of the 1950s – with the annual rate of new connections approaching one tenth of the historic total, year on year.

“We are adapting a network that was originally built to deliver power outward to consumers from a few large power stations and hydro schemes to serve a renewed purpose in the twenty-first century.  Significant low carbon generation capacity is now distributed throughout our operating area, from larger wind farms right down to the smallest developments pursued by individual homes and businesses.”

“Our multi-million pound projects at Corriemoillie and Fetteresso were delivered on schedule and within budget, reflecting the work of our dedicated teams and the positive contribution of landowners, communities and a range of other stakeholders.

“Continuing to connect new generators will remain a major priority in the year ahead, while we also work to deliver wider updgrades to the system like the Beauly to Denny interconnector; and to secure regulatory approval for our proposed Caithness to Moray onshore and subsea reinforcements.”