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EirGrid rewires grid plan

110kv line will unlock wind farm development in several areas, including Mayo

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Irish electricity grid operator EirGrid is to replace the Grid West electricity transmission project with a smaller-scale development.

The 220kV or 400kV Grid West project was proposed in 2012 to connect large amounts of renewable energy to the grid. 

However, the decision to replace it was made due to the “lower than expected amounts of wind generation in the North Connacht region”, the company said.

The new proposal will feature an 110kV line, which will unlock wind farm development in several areas, including in Mayo.

EirGrid said it is carrying out technical studies on the project and 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,” the company said.

EirGrid director of external affairs Rosemary Steen said: “Our planning team continually assesses the need to develop the grid and it is clear that as a result of recent review, the Grid West project is no longer required.”

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