Friday 23 March 2018

EirGrid scales down huge connection to Connacht

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Paul Melia

Paul Melia

Electricity grid operator EirGrid has announced plans to replace the Grid West electricity transmission project with a smaller-scale development.

The Grid West project was proposed in 2012 to connect large amounts of renewable energy to the grid. The decision to replace it was made due to the lower than expected amounts of wind generation in the north Connacht region.

This means renewable generation can now be connected through the development of a lower voltage, 110kV line carried on poles; not the 220kV or 400kV schemes previously proposed under Grid West.

The new project will also reinforce the electricity network, supporting Mayo County Council's aim to enhance the attractiveness of the county as a place in which to live, work and invest.

EirGrid is continuing technical studies on the project and over the coming months will engage with landowners, communities and stakeholders in the region. Those affected by the new proposal will have an opportunity to influence the decisions EirGrid makes.

Irish Independent

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