The plans total £21 billion (€24 billion), with the majority of it committed to wind.
National Grid, which operates the grid in England and Wales, said that of its £14 billion capex plan, drawn up under its "Gone Green" low-carbon energy scenario, 60% would be to accommodate new power generation.
This would be derived from nuclear and gas power stations and wind farms, with much of the latter based offshore.
Scottish & Southern Energy wants to spend £4 billion in new transmission connections and ScottishPower £3 billion. Since no new nuclear power stations are to be built in Scotland, most of this will be to connect new wind-farm developments.
Ofgem will now study the investment plans and publish its preliminary comments in October. The transmission investment plans cover the period 2013 to 2021.