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Public consultation and events

Consultation overview

Our second, non-statutory consultation on our draft route alignment for Towy Usk is open from Wednesday 13 March to Wednesday 8 May 2024.

We will apply to the Planning and Environment Decisions Wales (PEDW) for consent under the Development of National Significance process.

Our approach to engagement for the Towy Usk connection is to carry out three rounds of consultation with communities and stakeholders, going beyond the PEDW 'good practice' guidance to ensure that local people have the opportunity to comment at each stage of the project's development.

The three rounds of pre-application consultation that we are carrying out include:

  • Our first non-statutory consultation on our preferred route which took place between 06 March and 28 April 2023;
  • Our second non-statutory consultation on a draft route alignment for the project, including proposed pylon and wood pole locations, underground cables, switching station and substation site, is now open – open now Wednesday 13 March to Wednesday 8 May 2024;
  • Statutory consultation on the draft application to PEDW, which is planned for 2025.

What you told us in our first round of consultation - spring 2023

We received 2,949 consultation responses, and carefully considered all the issues raised alongside further technical and environmental assessments.

You can find more information about our first round of consultation, the feedback we received and our response to the issues raised, in our Stage 1 Non-Statutory Consultation Report.

What are we consulting on in this second round of consultation - spring 2024

This second round of consultation is running from Wednesday 13 March to Wednesday 8 May 2024.

We are asking for your feedback on:

  • Any factors you think we should consider when developing our proposals for the route alignment, including the proposed locations of pylons, wood poles, underground cables, switching station and substation site.
  • Your views on whether we should select Option A or Option B for the draft route alignment in the Crychan Forest area (see Section 3 - Llangammarch Wells to Llandovery.
  • Any factors you feel have not been considered in our work to date that will help us identify any potential issues and finalise our detailed plans before we prepare our consent applications.
  • We'd also like to know if you have ideas on areas in your community that could benefit from investment through Bute Energy's community investment fund.

Community events

Find out more at our community events

Come and see us at our community events during March and April 2024 to find out more about the project and how we have revised our plans and ask questions of our project team. You will also be able to see a computer visualisation of the draft route alignment.

Community event timetable
Location Date and time
Montgomery Pavilion
Royal Welsh Showground, Builth Wells LD2 3SY
Wednesday 20 March
2pm to 7pm
Llanarthney Community Hall
Llanarthney, Carmarthen SA32 8JD
Thursday 21 March
3.30pm to 7.30pm
Llandeilo Fawr Civic Hall
17 Crescent Road, Llandeilo SA19 6HW
Saturday 23 March
11am to 4pm
Penybont District Community Centre
Penybont, near Llandrindod Wells LD1 5UA
Tuesday 9 April
2pm to 7pm
The Castle Hotel
Kings Road, Llandovery SA20 0AP
Wednesday 10 April
2pm to 7pm
Llandyfaelog Community Hall
Carmarthenshire SA17 5PA
Thursday 11 April
2pm to 7pm


How to provide your feedback

We are keen to understand local views, your input and detailed feedback will help us to refine our proposals. There are several ways you can provide your feedback or contact us.

  • Provide feedback here.
  • Email:
  • Phone: 0800 3777 339

Please submit your feedback to us between Wednesday 13 March and Wednesday 8 May 2024.

What happens next?

New electricity transmission lines of 132kV that are associated with a devolved Welsh generating station are classed as a Development of National Significance (DNS) in Wales. This means developers must apply for planning consent to Planning and Environment Decisions Wales (PEDW), and final decisions are made by the Welsh Ministers.

Feedback from our public consultation and from local authorities, community councils and national organisations will help us develop a final design for the project. We will also carry out further technical assessments and surveys to inform our Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA). The EIA will then form part of the Environmental Statement, which sets out the potential impacts of the project and any proposed mitigations.

Before we submit a consent application to Welsh Ministers, there will be a statutory Pre-Application Consultation (PAC) period, where people will be able to review and comment on the detailed designs and the draft Environmental Statement.