Elected members and officials, including Cllr. Kathleen Codd-Nolan and Niall McDonnell from Wexford County Council, visited EirGrid's National Electricity Control Centre in Dublin recently.
They were invited by EirGrid to see how electricity is transmitted and managed around the clock, and to hear an update on the Grid Link Project, the proposed €500 million electricity transmission project that will involve the construction of a new power line linking Leinster and Munster via the Great Island power station in County Wexford.
Since the Grid Link Project was launched by Minister for Communications, Energy & Natural Resources, Pat Rabbitte in April 2012, EirGrid has undertaken public consultation throughout the study area, including open days, marts, supermarkets and other events in County Wexford.
'The Grid Link Project will deliver a wide range of benefits to the national and regional economies including helping secure Ireland's electricity supply for our future, empowering growth in the south and east of Ireland and helping enable Ireland to meet its 40% renewable energy target,' said John Lowry, EirGrid project manager.
'Public consultation continues all the time; the next milestone will be the publication of route corridors in the summer and we look forward to meeting even more people at public consultation events and to hearing their feedback.'
Mr. Lowry said EirGrid does not expect to submit an application to An Bord Pleanala for planning approval before 2015. Members of the public are encouraged to check out the plans at any one of four information centres, one of which is open 12 noon to 6 p.m. every Wednesday at the Coach House, Marsh Lane, New Ross.