EirGrid East Meath North Dublin – Public Consultation (6 weeks remaining)
We have now reached the half way point in the East Meath North Dublin Public consultation with another 6 weeks to go.
Submissions can be made as follows by Sunday 30th November 2022
EirGrid is responsible for a safe, secure, and reliable supply of electricity – now and in the future. We develop, manage, and operate the electricity transmission grid.
The East Meath-North Dublin Grid Upgrade involves a transmission network reinforcement centred on strengthening the network between east Meath and north Dublin to improve the transfer of power across the existing transmission network. The project will add a high-capacity 400 kV underground cable connection from Woodland substation near Batterstown in County Meath to Belcamp substation near Clonshaugh in north Dublin. As of 2020, around 40% of the electricity that we use in Ireland each year comes from renewable sources. The government’s Climate Action Plan sets out the target to achieve up to 80% of electricity from renewable energy sources by 2030. The East Meath-North Dublin Grid Upgrade is an important project in reaching this target.
We need to upgrade and strengthen the network to:
- address the increased electricity demand in east Meath and north Dublin due to economic development and population growth
- reduce the use of and reliance on fossil fuels for electricity generation
- facilitate further development of renewable energy generation, onshore and offshore
In June 2022, EirGrid consulted with stakeholders on the shortlisted technology options. The 400 kV underground cable option was identified as the best performing option to progress for this project.
In this current phase (Step 4), we have identified four potential underground cable route options to upgrade the electricity grid between East Meath and North Dublin and have identified the study area, the proposed geographical area where the electricity infrastructure for The East Meath-North Dublin Grid Upgrade is proposed to be built.
Further detail on the East Meath-North Dublin Grid Upgrade, the four underground cable route options being considered, including a consultation portal, interactive map, video, and project brochure is available at https://www.eirgridgroup.com/the-grid/projects/cp1021/the-project/
A 12-week public consultation is now underway, and EirGrid are inviting feedback on the study area and four underground cable route options for the East Meath-North Dublin Grid Upgrade.
We will consider feedback on all four underground cable route options before deciding on what the best route option is to take into the next step of this project.
Please make your submission by Sunday 30 November 2022 via the following:
Post: East Meath-North Dublin Grid Upgrade Consultation, EirGrid plc, Freepost FDN 5312, 160 Shelbourne Road, Ballsbridge, D04 FW28.
If submitting online, you can provide feedback through a short questionnaire or upload an online submission once registered on the Project Consultation Portal. We encourage you to engage with us and have your say as early as possible during the consultation period.
All feedback obtained will be reviewed and reflected and published in a post consultation report in the New Year 2023 followed by an Emerging Best Performing Route option in Spring 2023. EirGrid will consult locally with stakeholders on the Emerging Best Performing Route and announce a final route option in Summer 2023 as well as identifying and detailing where the project will be built.
EirGrid fully respects your right to privacy. We will not collect any personal information about you on the public consultation portal without your clear permission. View our updated Privacy Notice at https://consult.eirgrid.ie/content/privacy-statement which is in line with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) effective from 25 May 2018.